• Buttonhole machine
    Buttonhole machine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v buttonhole detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
    • n buttonhole a hole through which buttons are pushed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Buttonhole The hole or loop in which a button is caught.
    • v. t Buttonhole To hold at the button or buttonhole; to detain in conversation to weariness; to bore; as, he buttonholed me a quarter of an hour.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buttonhole The hole or loop in which a button is caught.
    • n buttonhole A name given to the hart's-tongue fern, Scolopendrium vulgare, because its fructification in the young state resembles a buttonhole in form and appearance.
    • buttonhole To seize by the buttonhole or button and detain in conversation; interview.
    • buttonhole To make buttonholes in.
    • n buttonhole In surgery, any small straight incision into a cavity or canal. See boutonnière, 2.
    • n buttonhole A buttonhole bouquet.
    • buttonhole To sow with the stitch used in making buttonholes: used in sewing, lacework, and embroidery.
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In literature:

Constance turned to the visitor and swept him with an appreciative glance, her eye lingering a second on the oleander in his buttonhole.
"Jerry Junior" by Jean Webster
The fourth example shows two lines of spaced buttonhole stitch fitting neatly the one into the other and forming a solid line.
"Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving" by Grace Christie
Sometimes they have sprays of arbutus in their buttonholes, or bunches of hepatica.
"The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers" by John Burroughs
From his buttonhole dangles from a white ribbon a little cross of white enamel.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
They were deep in tradition, and in method, its buttonhole relation.
"Christmas" by Zona Gale
He was carrying himself with less than his usual stoop, he wore a red carnation in his buttonhole.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Wore a diamond-set Shriners' watch fob, and an Elks' emblem in his buttonhole.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
The young Investigator wore a light grey tweed suit, with a salmon-coloured geranium in his buttonhole.
"Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels" by Stephen Leacock
I didn't know a thing about it till Max Duklass buttonholed me down by the landing stage.
"Ministry of Disturbance" by Henry Beam Piper
A pink carnation in his buttonhole matched his healthy complexion.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

In poetry:

It was the middle of September,
Victor came to the office one day;
He was wearing a flower in his buttonhole,
He was late but he was gay.
"Victor" by W H Auden
Sicilian bolshevists,
With hibiscus flowers in the buttonholes of your Sunday suits,
Come now, speaking of rights, what right have you to this
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
Smart dudes and ladies' men--the few
Who wish they could be ladies too--
Display a sprig of yellow
Conspicuous in their buttonhole,
To captivate a maiden soul
Or vex some other fellow.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard

In news:

A friend who works at one of Daniel Boulud's places buttonholed me on the sidewalk: Was The NoMad's chicken as " astronomical " as she'd heard.
The old cowboy shrugged on his jacket, pulling it up tight around his neck, tucking in his neck scarf while he fished to match buttons to buttonholes to close out the sharp cold of the fall morning.
Some travel to the annual Pennsylvania Society event to test the waters for political campaigns, and some to seal deals or buttonhole lawmakers.
Some travel to the annual Pennsylvania Society event to test the waters for political campaigns, some come to seal deals or buttonhole lawmakers.
Since it was founded 90 years ago, the Poppy Factory has produced millions of buttonhole poppies to mark Remembrance Day each November.
Our current testing features sewing machines that can recommend the proper presser foot , determine the right thread tension and stitch length, size and sew a buttonhole, and automatically cut the thread.
Had to adjust tension a lot for buttonhole.
Reinforce a Tattered Buttonhole How-To.
Reinforce a Tattered Buttonhole.
A tattered buttonhole doesn't hold a button well -- or look good.