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patchwork

[pach-wurk] /ˈpætʃˌwɜrk/
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 of patchwork
1685-1695
1685-95; patch1 + work
Related forms
patchworky, adjective
Synonyms
1. medley, jumble, mélange.
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patchwork

/ˈpætʃˌwɜːk/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for patchwork
n.

"work composed of patches," 1690s, from patch (n.1) + work (n.). As an adjective from 1713.

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