Definition of buttonhole verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

buttonhole

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈbʌtnˌhoʊl//
 
buttonhole somebody(informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they buttonhole
 
he / she / it buttonholes
 
past simple buttonholed
 
-ing form buttonholing
 
 
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to make someone stop and listen to you, especially when they do not want to He buttonholed me just as I was going home.
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