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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM sewsew·a·ble, adjective, noun
Definition for sew (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), sewed, sew·ing.
verb (used without object), sewed, sew·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for sew
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
"Gangs like Tango Blast and the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas got Houston sewed up for los Zetas," the prisoner says.Mexican Cartels Tap U.S. Prisons to Expand Operations and Draft New Talent|Seth Ferranti|June 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After a quick look and smile Margaret sewed busily, affecting not to see the other.Prairie Gold|Various
Mrs. Lewis sewed, that afternoon, on his jacket, mending it up more neatly than ever before.Tip Lewis and His Lamp|Pansy
Stockings failed to match, and buttons would be sewed on the wrong side of a man's shirt or breeches.Campfire and Battlefield|Rossiter Johnson
This will form a bag which should be pulled down through the hole made at the center of the crown top and sewed securely in place.Make Your Own Hats|Gene Allen Martin
One evening she sat by us in our chamber, at the low table where I am now writing; she sewed, we wrote.Letters of a Javanese Princess|Raden Adjeng Kartini