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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystitch up
he/she/itstitches up
present participlestitching up
past tensestitched up
past participlestitched up
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  1. 1
    to repair a piece of cloth that has been torn by sewing it

    You ought to stitch up that hole in your jeans.

  2. 2
    to join someone’s skin together after it has been cut
  3. 3
    British informal to arrange a situation so that someone is blamed for something that they did not do

    I think I’ve been stitched up.

  4. 4
    informal to arrange an agreement or deal

    He’s stitched up a major deal with one of the European banks.

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