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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysew up
he/she/itsews up
present participlesewing up
past tensesewed up
past participlesewn up
  1. 1
    [usually passive] informal to achieve something by dealing successfully with it, or by making certain that you are going to win
    get/have something (all) sewn up:

    We’ve got the deal sewn up now.

    They seem to have the contest all sewn up.

  2. 2
    to repair something such as a hole in a piece of cloth by sewing it
See also main entry: sew


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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