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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypatch up
he/she/itpatches up
present participlepatching up
past tensepatched up
past participlepatched up
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  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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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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