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Hold up small bouquet (10)


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'bouquet' is the definition.

'hold up small' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'hold' could be 'butt' (butt is a kind of hold) and 'butt' is found in the answer.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for buttonhole that I've seen before include "Small slit in a coat lapel - detain in conversation" , "Accost" , "as Ancient Mariner did wedding guests?" , "Detain someone in conversation" , "carnation, typically" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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