buttonholing

All Verb Noun
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  • I asked, buttonholing the Man of Wrath as he came out from a private conference with him. Cited from The Solitary Summer, by Elizabeth von Arnim
  • In all this piece of work there is to be noted a great deal of buttonholing and darning. Cited from Jacobean Embroidery, by Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands
  • He enjoyed buttonholing people he met in our "graveyard" and pointing out where they "must shortly lie." Cited from Memories and Anecdotes, by Kate Sanborn
  • Loops are made by buttonholing very closely over several foundation threads, making the purl on the outside edge. Cited from Textiles and Clothing, by Kate Heintz Watson
  • You slightly separate the stitches of the first row of buttonholing so as to be able to introduce the thread of the second row between them. Cited from Encyclopedia of Needlework, by Therese de Dillmont
  • I have never had the courage to solve my uncertainties by buttonholing a Frenchman and asking him what is the truth of the matter. Cited from Leaves from a Field Note-Book, by J. H. Morgan
  • The buttonholing is begun at the inner side of the slit. Cited from Textiles and Clothing, by Kate Heintz Watson
  • Philip O'Connor, who began his literary career turning out surrealistic poetry, also took to buttonholing literary lions, not always to their delight.
  • The ground can also be ornamented with little rings of buttonholing, stars or flowerets in bullion or some other fancy stitch. Cited from Encyclopedia of Needlework, by Therese de Dillmont
  • I saw that little sneak -- Tom Steel -- buttonholing the motormen, and cramming them with his lies, as I came along just now. Cited from The Bishop's Shadow, by I. T. Thurston
  • This figure shows also the two usual ways of making firm the raw edges in cut work -- the square shape is bound by an overcast stitch, and the round one by buttonholing. Cited from Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving, by Grace Christie
  • Sir George in a corner is buttonholing Frederic and saddening him with last accounts of the Scapegrace. Cited from April's Lady, by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • He passed on, buttonholed by every one, himself buttonholing his acquaintances, beginning over and over again his tale and his protestations, showing his pockets turned inside out to prove that he had nothing in them. Cited from Une Vie, by Guy de Maupassant
  • From coaching his players and arguing with journalists to buttonholing fans in pubs, all Shankly "ever wanted to do was talk about football" and to be involved in football.
  • Commence the stitch in exactly the same way as when carrying out braid stitch, but work on the edge of the material as in buttonholing, the working edge in this case being away from the worker. Cited from Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving, by Grace Christie
  • The young lawyer's voice fell a note to take on a frankly confidential tone, an accent of friendliness that missed the fatal buttonholing familiarity of the professional politician. Cited from The Vision Splendid, by William MacLeod Raine
  • Commence by overcasting the threads from point D, and upon reaching the part where the pattern is widened out, change the stitch to an open buttonholing (as shown on line B). Cited from Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving, by Grace Christie
  • Place the left thumb over the tight coil thus formed, and pull the needle and thread through tightly in order to make the stitch double up into a tight semi-circle, then continue the buttonholing to the end of the bar. Cited from Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving, by Grace Christie
  • Poor Ralph had few leading minds among his acquaintance and rarely enjoyed the pleasure of buttonholing a celebrity; a state of things which appeared to Miss Stackpole to indicate a deplorable want of enterprise. Cited from The Portrait of a Lady, Vol 1, by Henry James
  • Here, too, she earned $4, but the season grew dull, and she entered a small factory, where she worked on children's dresses, embroidering, buttonholing, faggoting, and feather-stitching. Cited from Making Both Ends Meet, by Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
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Root form of buttonholing is buttonhole for the verb.