- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM sewsew·a·ble, adjective, noun
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How to use sew in a sentence
It may have been the reason why Goldwater beat Rockefeller by three points, and effectively sewed up the GOP nomination.
This woman who sewed the costume together, and we shot it on 16mm film.Marc Webb Takes Us Inside ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Discusses His Rise to the A-List|Marlow Stern|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ads negatively defined him just as he had sewed up the Republican nomination.
Once pinned, Swinton was left alone, and she sewed the front of the dress herself with needle and thread.Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’|Sarah Moroz|November 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In between, he sewed up some other arrangements that gave shape to the peace effort.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington|J. J. Goldberg|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The wealth, which Ripperda deemed necessary for his expedition, was sewed into various parts of their muleteer garments.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Then Jess cut a wonderful m while Violet sewed the primer down the back, and gathered a cupful of blackberries.
When this was sewed firmly into place, and put into a small saucer, Jess poured on the purple juice.
Sara Lee sewed more than one rent for him, those days, but she was strangely incurious.The Amazing Interlude|Mary Roberts Rinehart
The whole hook was then placed inside the body, and the opening sewed up with a needle and thread supplied by his friend.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail|Arthur R. Thompson