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verb (tr, adverb)

to fasten or mend completely by sewing
US to acquire sole use or control of
informal to complete or negotiate successfullyto sew up a deal

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Idioms and Phrases with sew up

sew up

1

Complete successfully, as in Our team has sewn up the championship. [Colloquial; c. 1900]

2

Gain complete control of, monopolize, as in Our restaurant hopes to sew up the town's takeout business. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

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