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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SEW UP

It is not necessary to sew up this incision in a long feathered specimen.

"You sew up a turkey with needle and thread, too," said Freddie.

Push a wire in the tail, and sew up the incision under the wing.

Sew up the sleeves and underarm seams and turn back the cuffs.

She is the sort who would stop her own funeral to sew up a hole in her shroud.

Sew up the skin from one edge to the other as shown in Fig. 7.

Put in a little filling of tow or cotton, and sew up the opening.

Bouvard could not contrive to make a hoop or Pcuchet to sew up a ball.

See that all wires are firmly clinched, and sew up the orifice.

A stout needle and boiled string can be used to sew up the wound.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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