sewed up

sew

1 [soh]
verb (used with object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sewing.
1.
to join or attach by stitches.
2.
to make, repair, etc., (a garment) by such means.
3.
to enclose or secure with stitches: to sew flour in a bag.
4.
to close (a hole, wound, etc.) by means of stitches (usually followed by up ).
verb (used without object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sewing.
5.
to work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.
Verb phrases
6.
sew up,
a.
Informal. to get or have a monopoly of; control exclusively.
b.
Informal. to complete or conclude (arrangements, negotiations, etc.) successfully: They were about to sew up the deal when the argument started.
c.
to gain or be assured of: He tried to sew up as many votes as possible before the convention.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English sewen, Old English siw(i)an; cognate with Old High German siuwan, Gothic siujan, Latin suere (see suture); akin to seam

sewable, adjective, noun
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sew (səʊ)
 
vb , sews, sewing, sewed, sewn, sewed
1.  to join or decorate (pieces of fabric, etc) by means of a thread repeatedly passed through with a needle or similar implement
2.  (tr; often foll by on or up) to attach, fasten, or close by sewing
3.  (tr) to make (a garment, etc) by sewing
 
[Old English sēowan; related to Old Norse sӯja, Gothic siujan, Old High German siuwen, Latin suere to sew, Sanskrit sīvjati he sews]

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sew
O.E. siwian "to stitch," earlier siowian, from P.Gmc. *siwjanan (cf. O.N. syja, Swed. sy, O.H.G. siuwan, Goth. siujan "to sew"), from PIE base *siw-/*sju- "to sew" (cf. Skt. sivyati "sews," sutram "thread, string;" Gk. hymen "thin skin, membrane," hymnos "song;" L. suere "to sew, sew together;" O.C.S.
sijo "to sew," sivu "seam;" Lett. siuviu, siuti "to sew," siuvikis "tailor;" Rus. svec "tailor"). Sewing machine is attested from 1847.
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sewed up definition


  1. mod.
    completed. : I've just about got this contract sewed up.
  2. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : She's not just drunk; she's sewed up.
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