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whipstitch

[hwip-stich, wip-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to sew with stitches passing over an edge, in joining, finishing, or gathering.
noun
  1. one such stitch.
Idioms
  1. every whipstitch, Southern U.S. at short intervals: She drops in to see us every whipstitch.

Origin of whipstitch

First recorded in 1585–95; whip + stitch
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Examples from the Web for whipstitch

Historical Examples

  • When the backs of sections are very badly worn he will agree to whipstitch, but will use the old method.

    Library Bookbinding

    Arthur Low Bailey

  • The boys came home after a time and announced that every soul aboard the Whipstitch was safe and sound in the life saving station.


British Dictionary definitions for whipstitch

whipstitch

noun
  1. a sewing stitch passing over an edge
  2. US slang an instant; moment
verb
  1. (tr) to sew (an edge) using whipstitch; overcast
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