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Button-hole

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To button-hole a person. To bore one with conversation. The French have the same locution: Serrer le bouton [à quel quʹun].

“He went about button-holing and boring everyone.”—H. Kingsley: Mathilde.

To take one down a button-hole. To take one down a peg; to lower one’s conceit.


Better mind yerselves, or Iʹll take ye down a button-hole lower.”—Mrs. B. Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, iv.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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