buttonhole :

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buh tuhn hohl

  • n  a hole through which buttons are pushed
  • v  detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors

  • The Idea: Free buttonhole flowers.
  • If he wasn't satisfied with the answers he got, he'd go up to the executive suites and buttonhole Storms himself.
  • There Partner Felix Warburg, a carnation in his buttonhole, summons the eleven partners to conference punctually at 11 a.
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  • Christian Wulff in Earthtimes
    The start is important - if you button a cardigan and start with the wrong buttonhole, you can continue buttoning but it won't close properly,Wulff said.
  • Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in Christian Science Monitor
    Think of how freeing this is as a knitter,says Pearl-McPhee, whose blog can be found at yarnharlot.ca/blog. "Up until blogging, if you knit a [bad] buttonhole you might be stuck until you can get to a knitting store. Now, I can take a...
  • Michael Bond in Times Online
    Nor did we expect to be tripped up by jealousy, bureaucracy, trades unions and political correctness - or that we would be naive enough to entrust our business to what Michael calls "the kind of hail-fellow-well-met character who might buttonhole...

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