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


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