Language: Old English
Origin: siwian


Related topics: Sewing and Knitting
sew past tense sewed, past participle sewn or sewed [intransitive and transitive]
DLH to use a needle and thread to make or repair clothes or to fasten something such as a button to them:
I learned to sew at school.
sew something on something
Can you sew a patch on my jeans?
sew something together
She sewed the two sides together.

sew something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1DLH to close or repair something by sewing it:
Could you sew up this hole in my trousers?
2 [usually passive] informal to finish a business agreement or plan and get the result you want:
The deal should be sewn up in a week.

have something sewn up

to have gained control over a situation so that you are sure to win or get what you want:
It looks like the Democrats have the election sewn up.

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