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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SEWED UP

Stones are then placed in the wolf's stomach, and it is sewed up.

Half the money we had was sewed up in belts round our waists.

I remember how you stood by me while it was sewed up; that was very plucky, Polly.

It was a bad cut, and must be sewed up at once, the doctor said, as soon as he came.

And she took the bag down from its nail and sewed up the hole.

She didn't know how to draw 'em together, so she just sewed up the outside skin.

But sewed up in his coat was the silk envelope with these papers.

He's feelin' better now; they've sewed up the hole in his head.

The body and crop must be filled with the dressing and sewed up.

But we hadn't gone more 'n two blocks when we was all sewed up.

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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