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buttonhole

noun [C]  us   /ˈbʌt·ənˌhoʊl/

buttonhole noun [C] (HOLE FOR BUTTON)

a narrow hole that a button is pushed through to fasten a shirt, coat, etc.

buttonhole

verb [T]  us   /ˈbʌt·ənˌhoʊl/

buttonhole verb [T] (MAKE SOMEONE LISTEN)

to stop someone and make the person listen to you: They took out newspaper ads and buttonholed politicians to lobby for the change.
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