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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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Clinical effects of buttonhole cannulation method on hemodialysis patients.
En 4 estudios se asocio significativamente el aumento de eventos infecciosos con la tecnica de buttonhole, en 2 solo se obtuvieron eventos infecciosos para la tecnica de Buttonhole y en 3 los resultados no fueron significativos.
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The neckline is bound in a bias strip of linen, and 12 buttons and buttonholes are spaced evenly down the front edge (10 for flank companies).
IT may look like a toy, but the mini's 10 stitches are enough for most jobs except buttonholes.
Choose a florist based on their overall service and if you have a good rapport - not because they do the cheapest buttonholes.
As the founder of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts Veterinary School, Dodman has seen just about every outlandish and disturbing habit a pet could exhibit, from a dog that always arranges exactly six pieces of kibble in the buttonhole depressions in a couch to a cat that exhibits stress by pulling its hair out in clumps.
Every evening there were "happy hours," allowing guests the opportunity to chat informally or, alternatively, attempt to buttonhole buyers and festival directors.
Push the end down through the other buttonhole and pull it through.
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Sew the existing buttonhole closed and sew the button on top of it.
The buttonhole stitch is an overcast hand stitch that finishes a raw edge or adds decorative stitching to a finished edge, especially when both sides are visible.
Buttonhole row (RS) *Knit to m, work 3-st one-row buttonhole (see Stitch Guide); rep from * 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) more times, knit to end.
collarstand will be closed with a horizontal centered button and buttonhole to be in line with vertical buttonholes on front placket