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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of buttonhole.


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  • When Laurie David and what ` s-her-name buttonholed Karl -- assaulted Karl Rove in the parlance, they point out something that ` s not true and that is that the U.S. is doing less than anyone else in climate change.

    CNN Transcript Apr 23, 2007

  • Vernon; one of the Italian cotton toiles de Gênes, so familiar to tourists on the Riviera, cut out and "buttonholed" upon a heavier background, presenting to view a large tree with flowers fruit and birds, all at once upon its branches.

    Harrison, Mrs. Burton, 1843-1920. Recollections Grave and Gay

  • The WJC president had "buttonholed" the first lady at a fundraiser in order to seek her intercession in bringing the power of the Clinton administration to bear on assisting with the recovery of dormant Swiss bank accounts that had belonged to victims of the Nazis.


  • No investors raised their hands to grill the top brass during this year's annual meeting at Herman Miller Inc., nor buttonholed board members after it ended.

    Online Annual Meetings Begin to Click

  • After it was over, I buttonholed the personable Mr. Omidyar, who is worth a reported $6.7 billion and at 44 is the youngest recipient.

    Among Heavy Hitters

  • When Holly buttonholed Christopher Hitchens, he happily joined the cause.

    Sean Carman: Saint Christopher

  • During an impromptu visit last month to Zuccotti Park, one OWS demonstrator buttonholed me to ask whether Jesus is on the side of the rich or the poor, and how could he tell?

    Bishop Pierre Whalon: Is Capitalism Moral? Part Two

  • A man in the Chancellor's entourage quickly buttonholed Jerika off to the side and told her that her meeting with the Chancellor had been set for the following Monday.

    Bob Ostertag: The Chancellor and the Student, or, Speaking Truth to Power

  • And when he could, he buttonholed Argentine officials to make sure they got the Palestinian position on such prickly issues as the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.

    Palestinians seek global recognition through South America

  • I buttonholed her at the Sony Pictures Classics dinner at Crème Brasserie in Toronto, a classy event in keeping with SPC's terrific lineup of films.

    Erica Abeel: Toronto Diary: Keira, Viggo and Newcomer Dee Rees


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