Patch work

patchwork

[pach-wurk]
noun
1.
something made up of an incongruous variety of pieces or parts; hodgepodge: a patchwork of verse forms.
2.
work made of pieces of cloth or leather of various colors or shapes sewed together, used especially for covering quilts, cushions, etc.
adjective
3.
resembling a patchwork, especially in being makeshift, irregular, or improvised: a patchwork policy of dispensing foreign aid.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make as patchwork: She specializes in patchworking skirts.
5.
to assemble or connect in making patchwork: to patchwork neckties into bedspreads.

Origin:
1685–95; patch1 + work

patchworky, adjective


1. medley, jumble, mélange.
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patchwork (ˈpætʃˌwɜːk)
 
n
1.  needlework done by sewing pieces of different materials together
2.  something, such as a theory, made up of various parts: a patchwork of cribbed ideas

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patchwork
1690s, from patch (1) + work.
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