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  • v. Present participle of buttonhole.
  • n. The act of detaining someone in conversation against his or her will.


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  • CHAIN AND SURFACE STITCHES -- the latter a kind of buttonholing, only occasionally worked _in_to the stuff.

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  • Crisscrossing the state in a series of rented cars, the 56-year-old Mr. Singleton has spent the better part of five months visiting obscure county GOP chairmen, befriending tea-party activists, buttonholing lawmakers in the lobby of the state Capitol, and amassing a database of potential Palin supporters.

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  • He was fond of buttonholing American diplomats to lecture them about their double standard.


  • I spent the rest of the day, indeed much of the rest of the conference, buttonholing leading nuclear figures of this and other nations with that same forbidden question: what happens if deterrence fails and you have to decide whether to kill millions of innocent civilians because you threatened to?

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  • Oh dear … Watch out for our boy Becks buttonholing the bridegroom's father some time on Friday and asking what that was all about, Charlie boy?

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  • Much as I'd love it, I can't see Faber & Faber's editor buttonholing John Bishop anytime soon – while the collected transcripts of Lee Evans would provide only a fraction of what makes Evans an eye-popping spectacle when live.

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  • This was roughly equivalent to inviting the fox into the henhouse, because there was nothing to prevent us from buttonholing the likes of the 50 heads of state heralded to be attending the CGI, as well as Morgan Freeman , Tony Blair, Chelsea Clinton , Trudie Styler and Sting, and writer Dave Eggers —not that I spotted any of them.

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  • For fully paid-up subscribers to the cult of golf, I am told the 3D pictures give a better idea of what faces the player in terms of his shot but for golf agnostics like myself the excellent analyst Butch Harmon, who does that Sky thing of buttonholing you by staring straight down the barrel of the camera, performs that function perfectly well.

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  • Back in 1966, when Mr. Buchbinder entered the Van Cliburn competition in Fort Worth, Texas "I was between two tours in Australia and the U.S. and had some time," the pianist explains, Mr. Cliburn reportedly lobbied hard for him to win, even buttonholing jurists in hotel elevators.

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  • His efforts are credited with saving a sizeable amount of forest, which he's done by buttonholing forestry executives, smallholders in Borneo, and the president of Mongolia.

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