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1. Literally, to sew something together, especially as a means of mending or repairing it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stitch" and "up." I was so broke at one point that I had to stitch up the same pair of pants several times because I couldn't afford new ones. Would you mind stitching this shirt up for me?
2. To secure a deal or agreement successfully. Often used in passive constructions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stitch" and "up." As soon as the financial arrangements are stitched up, I'll have my lawyers send over the contract. He stitched a deal up with the supplier to give him preferential treatment.
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stitch something up
to sew something together; to mend a tear or ripped seam. I tore my shirt. Would you stitch it up, please? Please stitch up my shirt.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To mend or repair something with or as if with stitches: The tailor stitched up the rip in the jacket. The cut over my eye was deep, but the doctor stitched it up in a matter of minutes.
2. To reach some official agreement: I've stitched up a deal with my mechanic so that I pay only for parts and not labor. The agreement was easy to make; we stitched it up in a day.
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