verb (buttonhol, ing)
- A hole through which a button is pushed to secure a garment or some part of one.
- (context, mostly, UK) a flower worn in a buttonhole for decoration
Etymology: Originally buttonhold (a loop of string to hold a button down), but changed by folk etymology by influence of hole; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_etymology, the Wikipedia article on folk etymology
- To detain (a person) in conversation against their will.
- (rfv-sense) (slang) To grab (a person) by the shirt.
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