sew up

sew up
S s


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [soh uhp]
    • /soʊ ʌp/
    • /səʊ ʌp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [soh uhp]
    • /soʊ ʌp/

Definitions of sew up words

  • verb with object sew up to join or attach by stitches. 1
  • verb with object sew up to make, repair, etc., (a garment) by such means. 1
  • verb with object sew up to enclose or secure with stitches: to sew flour in a bag. 1
  • verb with object sew up to close (a hole, wound, etc.) by means of stitches (usually followed by up). 1
  • verb without object sew up to work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine. 1
  • transitivephrasal verb sew up stitch together 1

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Origin of sew up

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English sewen, Old English siw(i)an; cognate with Old High German siuwan, Gothic siujan, Latin suere (see suture); akin to seam

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Parts of speech for Sew up


sew up popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

sew up usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sew up

verb sew up

  • accomplish — If you accomplish something, you succeed in doing it.
  • bogart — to monopolize or keep (something, esp a marijuana cigarette) to oneself selfishly
  • bogarted — to take an unfair share of (something); keep for oneself instead of sharing: Are you gonna bogart that joint all night?
  • book — A book is a number of pieces of paper, usually with words printed on them, which are fastened together and fixed inside a cover of stronger paper or cardboard. Books contain information, stories, or poetry, for example.

Antonyms for sew up

verb sew up

  • break through — If you break through a barrier, you succeed in forcing your way through it.
  • disarray — to put out of array or order; throw into disorder.
  • disjoin — to undo or prevent the junction or union of; disunite; separate.

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