sew


sew
sew [səu US sou] v past tense sewed past participle sewn [səun US soun] or sewed [I and T]
[: Old English; Origin: siwian]
to use a needle and thread to make or repair clothes or to fasten something such as a button to them
I learned to sew at school.
sew sth on sth
Can you sew a patch on my jeans?
sew sth together
She sewed the two sides together.
sew up [sew sth<=>up] phr v
1.) to close or repair something by sewing it
Could you sew up this hole in my trousers?
2.) [usually passive] informal
to finish a business agreement or plan and get the result you want
The deal should be sewn up in a week.
3.) have sth sewn up
to have gained control over a situation so that you are sure to win or get what you want
It looks like the Democrats have the election sewn up.

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  • sew — O.E. siwian to stitch, earlier siowian, from P.Gmc. *siwjanan (Cf. O.N. syja, Swed. sy, O.H.G. siuwan, Goth. siujan to sew ), from PIE root *syu to bind, sew (Cf. Skt. sivyati sews, sutram t …   Etymology dictionary

  • sew — [sō] vt. sewed, sewn or sewed, sewing [ME sewen < OE siwian, akin to Goth siujan < IE base * siw , to sew > SEAM, L suere (pp. sutus), to sew, sew together] 1. to join or fasten with stitches made with needle and thread 2. to make, mend …   English World dictionary

  • Sew — Sew, v. t. [imp. {Sewed}; p. p. {Sewed}, rarely {Sewn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sewing}.] [OE. sewen, sowen, AS. si[ o]wian, s[=i]wian; akin to OHG. siuwan, Icel. s?ja, Sw. sy, Dan. sye, Goth. siujan, Lith. siuti, Russ, shite, L. ssuere, Gr. ????, Skr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sew — [ sou ] (past tense sewed; past participle sewn [ soun ] or sewed) verb intransitive or transitive * 1. ) to make or repair clothes using a needle and THREAD: sew a skirt/hem 2. ) to fasten something using a needle and THREAD: sew something on… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sew|er — sew|er1 «SOO uhr», noun. an underground drain to carry off waste water and refuse. SYNONYM(S): conduit. ╂[< Old French sewiere sluice from a pond, ultimately < Latin ex out + aquāria (water) vessel < aqua water] sew|er2 «SOH uhr», noun.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sew — [səʊ ǁ soʊ] verb sewed PASTTENSE sewn PASTPART [səʊn ǁ soʊn] also sewed sew something → up phrasal verb [transitive] 1 …   Financial and business terms

  • Sew — Sew, n.[OE. See {Sewer} household officer.] Juice; gravy; a seasoned dish; a delicacy. [Obs.] Gower. [1913 Webster] I will not tell of their strange sewes. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sew — Sew, v. t. [See {Sue} to follow.] To follow; to pursue; to sue. [Obs.] Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sew — Sew, v. i. To practice sewing; to work with needle and thread. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sew — Sew, v. t. [[root]151 b. See {Sewer} a drain.] To drain, as a pond, for taking the fish. [Obs.] Tusser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English