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sew (someone or something) up

1. 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 abdomen before sewing me back up.
2. To close one or multiple openings in something by sewing, especially in an attempt 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?
3. 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.
4. 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 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.
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On the other hand, research suggests that the desire to retain control and influence over day-to-day operations is a top priority in family firms, as maintaining control is directly connected with the family's maintenance of its internal SEW agenda (Chrisman et al., 2012; Chrisman & Patel, 2012).
Matching seam lines, sew a section 2 to each corner.
She said anyone is welcome to join the open sew nights.
Sew a button onto the top side of the opposite end of the ribbon.
Sew the existing buttonhole closed and sew the button on top of it.
Through hands-on and sign language, Tamawa demonstrated to the participants the best way to compute the measurement, make the pattern, cut the loomwoven fabric, and sew this into purses and backpack prototypes.
"When they asked me to take part in Sewing Bee, I thought it wasn't a natural fit for me because I can't sew at all - and I don't think I can now, really!
We extend the socioemotional wealth (SEW) perspective by arguing that SEW can be negatively associated with proactive stakeholder engagement (PSE).
Step three: If you want to add applique decorations to the stockings, now is the time to sew them on.
"She said she wanted to learn how to sew," said Ms.
Leah Dixon was another winner for Glamorgan Valleys, edging out Jenna Roberts (SEW) and Leanne Fitzgerald (Cardiff & Vale) to take the Middle Girls title.