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To accost or detain a person in order to force them to engage you in conversation.
Man, I dropped by this party last night to say hey to a friend, and my ex was there, and before I could get out she totally buttonholed me in the foyer and starting crying about how we should get back together. It was messy.
by FireAndRain August 16, 2004
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The thing Annie Lennox whistles through as she bounces home crying
I don't find my self bouncing home whistling buttonhole tunes to make me cry

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May sometimes be confused for a Whistling Bunghole
by Aunt Jackie of Roseanne fame September 25, 2009
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