Definition of buttonhole verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

buttonhole

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnhəʊl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnhoʊl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they buttonhole
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnhəʊl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnhoʊl//
 
he / she / it buttonholes
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnhəʊlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnhoʊlz//
 
past simple buttonholed
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnhəʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnhoʊld//
 
past participle buttonholed
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnhəʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnhoʊld//
 
-ing form buttonholing
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnhəʊlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnhoʊlɪŋ//
 
 
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buttonhole somebody (informal) to make somebody 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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