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buttonhole (someone)

To confine or accost someone in or with conversation. Likened to holding onto someone by the lapels (on which the buttonhole used for a boutonniere is located). I tried to leave the office early, but Larry buttonholed me with a tedious conversation about weekend plans.
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buttonhole someone

Accost or detain a person in conversation. For example, The reporter tried to buttonhole the senator, but she got away. This term is a metaphor for literally grasping someone by a buttonhole on his or her clothing. [Mid-1800s]
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tv. to accost someone; to make someone listen to one. (As if grabbing someone by the coat lapel to keep them from getting away.) The guy buttonholed me on my way out, and started asking me a lot of questions.
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Valerie's research focused on assessing the effects of nurses cannulating arteriovenous fistulae in patients on hemodialysis using the buttonhole technique from the perspectives of both the patients and nurses.
THE finishing touch to any wedding has to be the flowers - from the bride's bouquet and the groom's buttonhole to a simple sprig of blossom in a young bridesmaid's hair, plus dressing the church or civil venue, along with the tables at the reception.
The 52-year-old singer's outfit consisting of black suit with a white shirt, tie and vest with a white rose buttonhole, and bright red lipstick bore a striking resemblance to a tailcoat that Dietrich wore in her Oscar-nominated film 'Morocco,' the Sun reported.
Laura Jane Kirk and David Grafton tied the knot at Preston Park with reception special guests Harry and Chester the llamas on their best behaviour - despite Harry's liking for a bouquet or buttonhole snack
Tying the knot at the five-star SENTIDO Perissia in Side, Turkey will cost from PS669 for the wedding package, including the marriage licence and certificate, minister or judge, bride's bouquet, groom's buttonhole one-tier wedding cake, sparkling wine, breakfast in bed the morning after and an a la carte dinner for two.
We've had the State Vegetable (potato), State Fruit (pumpkin), State Beverage (apple cider)--you name it--all at the behest of 3rd-and 4th-graders who've been able to buttonhole a state rep or two to sponsor their bill, which gets its hearings, its debate, its roll call vote, its governor's signature, and then it becomes a law.
He's certainly got more on his mind than choosing the colour of the carnation to shove in his buttonhole and whether the finger buffet will be up to scratch.
Outside a day trip to the Millennium Stadium, that is - which is much like wearing a beautiful buttonhole but having dirty underwear.
SLS Limousines provided a limousine to give them a short trip around the town and florists Forever Green provided the buttonhole flowers.