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patch together

1. To build something hastily or temporarily using various disparate pieces or parts. A noun or pronoun can be used between "patch" and "together." My wife is an amazing tinkerer. She patched together a working robot just out of spare parts she found lying around our garage!
2. To mend, repair, or service something to the point of being functional or whole again, especially temporarily, typically by adding material to cover or connect broken or missing parts. A noun or pronoun can be used between "patch" and "together." The car broke down in the middle of the interstate, so I had to patch it together with what little I had available just so I could get it to a service station. Will you see if you can patch this pipe together while we wait for the repairman?
3. To conceive of something very hastily or haphazardly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "patch" and "together." I had to patch together a story for the boss about why I was late again. I had forgotten to bring my notes for the presentation, so I just patched something together at the last minute
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patch something together (with something)

to use something to repair something hastily or temporarily. I think I can patch the exhaust pipe together with some wire. See if you can patch this engine together well enough to run for a few more hours.
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The question is can we patch together a team capable of emerging from the pack come May?
They cut the organism's six chromosomes into fragments, sequenced just the fragment ends, and then used a computer program to virtually patch together these bits.
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Women in jobs not covered by the FMLA often must patch together various forms of leave, including paid, unpaid, and disability, to spend time with their new borns after childbirth.
At the same time, they have used cloned genomic DNA to painstakingly patch together an improved fine-structure physical map of the region.
They find jobs in the export factories, patch together homes from pieces of wood, metal, and plastic, and find ways to tap into the power line (some get fried).
So, while the guys of Queer as Folk focus mainly on getting laid, the lesbians on the show have to work overtime to patch together their relationship.