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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.
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*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.
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sew up something

to remove all doubt about the successful result of something Schall hopes to sew up the nomination for governor this week. The company hopes to have a deal sewn up by the end of the year.
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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]
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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.
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sew something up

tv. to finalize something; to conclude something. (see also sewed up.) Let’s sew this up and get out of here.
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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.
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Getting up on his legs, and as if delivering a lecture on a phenom enon, he addressed himself, with gestures, to the two women, who would let their sewing sink slowly on their laps.
Plain sewing was the only thing I could get money by, so I was obliged to try and do it well.
But if Maggie had been the queen of coquettes she could hardly have invented a means of giving greater piquancy to her beauty in Stephen's eyes; I am not sure that the quiet admission of plain sewing and poverty would have done alone, but assisted by the beauty, they made Maggie more unlike other women even than she had seemed at first.
com)-- Apache Creek Mercantile announced today the release of the Compact Professional Sewing Kit, the first compact, travel sewing kit with 185 sewing accessories featuring two sizes of scissors and 9 full-sized thread choices in a 8x5.
More women groups in Fiji will now have the opportunity to receive sewing machines and establish tailoring programs for women.
2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- About Sewing Machines Sewing is an art form that is more than 20,000 years old but to reduce the manual sewing work performed in textile industries, the sewing machine was invented during the first industrial revolution.
com/research/zp3ljp/global_sewing) has announced the addition of the "Global Sewing Machines Market 2015-2019" report to their offering.
com/project/2015/07/28/ love-to-sew-little-bagspurses A: red fabric with white dots (front/back), 20 x 55cm (73/4 x 213/4in) B: strawberry patterned fabric (flap), 12 x 25cm (43/4 x 93/4in) C: pink fabric with pale pink dots (lining), 20 x 75cm (73/4 x 291/2in) D: thick, fluffy volume fleece, 20 x 55cm (73/4 x 213/4in) E: lightweight iron-on interfacing, 12 x 25cm (43/4 x 93/4in) 1 press stud, 10mm (1/2in) diameter 1 shank button, 15-19mm (1/2-3/4in) diameter Zigzag tape in white, 50cm (193/4in) Sewing thread in pink and red Pins
Muscat, Aug 23 (ONA) Omani hand-sewn Kuma "Cap," locally called by some as "Taqya" or "Kufya" is highly wanted by the citizens whether the ready-made or the customized, to be a distinguishing feature in the Omani traditional costume for the precision and skill in its sewing that give aesthetic touches than machine-sewn ones.
Where in previous generations girls were taught to sew by their mothers, contemporary American society with a majority of mothers now working out of the home those sewing skills are no longer handed down within the home.
Sewing Basics: Simple Techniques and Projects for First-Time Sewers" is a fine manual for beginning seamstresses or sewers of virtually all ages (10-12 to adult).
Sew Knits With Confidence is a pick for any sewing collection and addresses the common perception that knits are tricky to sew.
YOU will need: Large piece of woollen blanket Contrasting vintage fabric (or felted woollen fabric for appliques) Embroidery threads Embroidery needle Sewing machine (optional) Tailor''s chalk Pins Length of ribbon Little bits of sparkle, buttons or pom-poms (if desired) Step one: Start by making a template.
Is it because of the economics of sewing your own clothing, because you have a desire to learn something new, because you love the satisfaction of a job well done, or all of the above?