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Language: Old English
Origin: stice 'prick'

stitch

1 noun
     
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1

sewing

[countable]DLH a short piece of thread that has been sewn into a piece of cloth, or the action of the thread going into and out of the cloth
2

for wound

[countable]MH a piece of special thread which has been used to sew the edges of a wound together:
He had to have 10 stitches in his head.
3

pain

[countable usually singular]MH a sharp pain in the side of your body, which you can get by running or laughing a lot
4

with wool

[countable]DCDLH a small circle of wool that is formed around a needle when you are knitting
drop a stitch (=lose a stitch because the wool has come off the needle)
5

style

[uncountable and countable]DLH a particular way of sewing or knitting that makes a particular pattern:
Purl and plain are the two main stitches in knitting.
6

not have a stitch on

informal to be wearing no clothes
7

in stitches

laughing a lot in a uncontrollable way
have/keep somebody in stitches (=make someone laugh)
Her jokes had us all in stitches.
8

a stitch in time (saves nine)

spoken used to say that it is better to deal with problems early than to wait until they get worse

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