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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theypatch up
he/she/itpatches up
present participlepatching up
past tensepatched up
past participlepatched up
  1. 1
    to become friends with someone again after a disagreement
    The meeting was intended to patch up relations between the two sides.
    patch it/things up (with someone): Isn’t it time you two patched it up?
    Apparently, they’ve since patched things up with their father.
  2. 2
    to repair something, often quickly and not very well
    The road needs resurfacing, not just patching up.
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  3. 3
    to give basic medical treatment to someone who is injured
    The nurses managed to patch her up temporarily.
See also main entry: patch

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