Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

sew (one) up

To close an open wound in a person with stitches. We have to sew him up quickly after we're done repairing the bone. It turns out the doctors left a sponge inside my leg before sewing me back up.
See also: sew, up

sew (something) up

1. To close an or multiple openings in something by sewing, especially to repair or mend it. I had to use fishing line to sew up the hole in the sail. Would you mind sewing these pants up for me?
2. To successfully conclude or settle some dealing, activity, or endeavor. I was finally able to sew the contract up with the other firm. She seems to have sewn up a victory in the last days of the election.
3. To gain and maintain total control over something. There have been a few rival companies, but most would agree that they've sewn up the smartphone market at this point.
See also: sew, up

sew someone or something up

1. Lit. to stitch together an opening in someone or something. The surgeon sewed the patient up and pronounced the operation a success. This is torn. Can you sew up this rip?
2. Fig. to complete one's dealings with or discussion of someone or something. It's time to sew this up and go home. I think we can sew up the shipping contract this afternoon and get on to someone else. Let's sew up this last matter and go.
See also: sew, up

*sewed up

1. Lit. [the sewing of a gap in cloth] completed. (*Typically: get something ~; have something ~.) Have you got that tear sewed up yet?
2. and *wrapped up Fig. settled or finished. (*Typically: get something ~; have something ~.) I'll take the contract to the mayor tomorrow morning. I'll get the whole deal sewed up by noon. Don't worry about the car loan. I'll have it wrapped up in time to make the purchase.
See also: sew, up

sew up

1. Complete successfully, as in Our team has sewn up the championship. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
2. Gain complete control of, monopolize, as in Our restaurant hopes to sew up the town's takeout business. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
See also: sew, up

sew up

1. To mend or repair something by sewing: I sewed up the tear in my pants. The tailor sewed the hole up.
2. To make certain that some victory or prize is attained or achieved: The candidate sewed up the election by winning Florida. We sewed the game up with a goal in the fourth quarter.
See also: sew, up

sew something up

tv. to finalize something; to conclude something. (see also sewed up.) Let’s sew this up and get out of here.
See also: sew, something, up

sewed up

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.
See also: sew, up
References in periodicals archive ?
To sew the strips together pick up two and put them face-to-face.
Some fabric comes in 60" widths, but if yours doesn't then sew two pieces together to get the size you need.
When he joined the Marines, a sewing machine was his ticket to some spare cash, since he could ``cut out a shirt and sew chevrons on it like nobody's business.
It's fun, too, because they help you learn how to sew and stuff.
At Sew Chic Techniques classes, enthusiasts will learn how to use innovative sewing accessories to enliven and refresh their sewing experience and create breathtaking projects, inspired by trends currently in the marketplace, at home.
At Sew Chic Techniques educators will demonstrate a variety of tools, provide strategies for success and share exciting tips, tricks and project ideas, including:
She begins to sing as she cuts patterns for the women to sew.
From there, she recruited Lorraine Slezak, 67, who sews from her home.
15 /PRNewswire/ -- Sewers who are just starting out have a challenging time learning how to sew.
I love to sew because it lets me customize the fit of the clothes I want to wear - and do so in the fabrics and styles I like.
The driving factor of HSA is to motivate people to sew, which is an ideal fit with Jo-Ann's desire to inspire creativity through sewing and crafting," said Alan Rosskamm, president and chief executive officer of Jo-Ann.
With Mother's Day and graduation around the corner, it is the perfect time to learn how to sew and create beautiful gifts that can be quite simple to make," said Martha Stewart, Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
Every sample you sew and share or talk about with friends and fellow sewers is offering the ability to transfer feelings to others," Davis says in a letter to her fellow employees.
The SINGER CURVY sewing machine gives beginning and proficient sewers what they have dreamed about--more time to sew by eliminating the time consuming setup that was previously required.
Frances Bailey, 82, sews on loose buttons and adds name labels to a pair of pants or a shirt.