whip stitch

whipstitch

[hwip-stich, wip-]
verb (used with object)
1.
to sew with stitches passing over an edge, in joining, finishing, or gathering.
noun
2.
one such stitch.
Idioms
3.
every whipstitch, Southern U.S. at short intervals: She drops in to see us every whipstitch.

Origin:
1585–95; whip + stitch

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whipstitch (ˈwɪpˌstɪtʃ)
 
n
1.  a sewing stitch passing over an edge
2.  slang (US) an instant; moment
 
vb
3.  (tr) to sew (an edge) using whipstitch; overcast

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