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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PATCH UP

But it would be a sin to allow it; it would be spoiling a saint to patch up a sinner.

I was glad to patch up the quarrel, and willing to say and think no more about it.

I hit one of the canoes, Luka; I fancy they are trying to patch up the hole.

The king then empowered Melbourne to patch up the whig ministry.

Evidently his wife was not going to patch up peace at a word.

Why, they say Spain is trying to patch up the quarrel between us and France.

Actually she was trying to patch up his fallen angel for him.

They seek how they may patch up these fables, but they find no way.

Husband and wife had tried to patch up the damage, but had failed.

Do you wish to patch up a most clever piece with new daubing?

WORD ORIGIN

"piece of cloth used to mend another material," late 14c., of obscure origin, perhaps a variant of pece, pieche, from Old North French pieche (see piece (n.)), or from an unrecorded Old English word (but Old English had claðflyhte "a patch"). Phrase not a patch on "nowhere near as good as" is from 1860.

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