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English definition of “buttonhole”

buttonhole

verb [T] (MAKE SOMEONE LISTEN)   /ˈbʌt·ənˌhoʊl/
to stop someone and make the person listen to you: They took out newspaper ads and buttonholed politicians to lobby for the change .
(Definition of buttonhole verb (MAKE SOMEONE LISTEN) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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