verb (used with object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sew·ing.
verb (used without object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sew·ing.
- Informal.to get or have a monopoly of; control exclusively.
- Informal.to complete or conclude (arrangements, negotiations, etc.) successfully: They were about to sew up the deal when the argument started.
- to gain or be assured of: He tried to sew up as many votes as possible before the convention.
Origin of sew1
Related Words for sew upexclude, possess, utilize, absorb, suspend, halt, conclude, discontinue, retire, terminate, leave, cease, withdraw, abandon, drop, appoint, organize, slate, set, arrange
verb (tr, adverb)
verb sews, sewing, sewed, sewn or sewed
Word Origin for sew
Old English siwian "to stitch, sew, mend, patch, knit together," earlier siowian, from Proto-Germanic *siwjanan (cf. Old Norse syja, Swedish sy, Danish sye, Old Frisian sia, Old High German siuwan, Gothic siujan "to sew"), from PIE root *syu- "to bind, sew" (cf. Sanskrit sivyati "sews," sutram "thread, string;" Greek hymen "thin skin, membrane," hymnos "song;" Latin suere "to sew, sew together;" Old Church Slavonic šijo "to sew," šivu "seam;" Lettish siuviu, siuti "to sew," siuvikis "tailor;" Russian švec "tailor"). Related: Sewed; sewing. To sew (something) up "bring it to a conclusion" is a figurative use attested by 1904.
Complete successfully, as in Our team has sewn up the championship. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
Gain complete control of, monopolize, as in Our restaurant hopes to sew up the town's takeout business. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]