- I. nBritisha dull, gormless or exasperating person. A word used typically by working-class schoolchildren in the 1970s to refer to tedious fellow pupils or adults.II. vbBritish1.to 'buttonhole' (someone); in other words, to detain (someone) in conversa-tion2.to scrounge; from on the earhole/ear'ole, which earlier in the 20th century meant to try to swindle3.to nag, shout at, talk incessantly4.to listen to, eavesdropAll these senses of the word are in mainly working-class use and are most commonly heard in London.
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