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To sew, or to sew something



to make or repair clothes using a needle and thread



to repair a tear or hole in a piece of clothing



to join pieces of cloth together by sewing them



to decorate cloth with a design of coloured stitches



to make small changes to a piece of clothing so that it fits better



to stitch pieces of cloth together with long loose stitches, usually before you stitch the cloth more carefully

turn up

to make a piece of clothing or cloth shorter by making a fold along the bottom edge and fastening it with stitches

take in

to make a piece of clothing more narrow or tight, so that it fits you

let out

to use the extra cloth in a fold of a piece of clothing to make it wider

run up

to make something very quickly, especially something that you sew

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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