stitch up

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stitch up

vb (tr, adverb)
1. (Knitting & Sewing) to join or mend by means of stitches or sutures
2. (Law) slang
a. to incriminate (someone) on a false charge by manufacturing evidence
b. to betray, cheat, or defraud
3. slang to prearrange (something) in a clandestine manner
slang a matter that has been prearranged clandestinely

w>stitch up

vt sep
seam, wound, patientnähen; (= mend) hole etczunähen, stopfen; (= sew up) hemhochnähen
(Brit inf: = frame) I’ve been stitched upman hat mich reingelegt (inf); (= something has been foisted on me)man hat mir das untergejubelt (inf)
(Brit inf) agreementzusammenstoppeln (inf)


(stitʃ) noun
1. a loop made in thread, wool etc by a needle in sewing or knitting. She sewed the hem with small, neat stitches; Bother! I've dropped a stitch.
2. a type of stitch forming a particular pattern in sewing, knitting etc. The cloth was edged in blanket stitch; The jersey was knitted in stocking stitch.
3. a sharp pain in a person's side caused by eg running. I've got a stitch.
to sew or put stitches into. She stitched the two pieces together; I stitched the button on.
ˈstitching noun
stitches. The stitching is very untidy.
in stitches
laughing a lot. His stories kept us in stitches.
stitch up
to close by stitching. The doctor stitched up the wound.
References in classic literature ?
One morning I made a rent in this mantle; and to show the islanders with what facility it could be repaired, I lowered my bundle, and taking from it a needle and thread, proceeded to stitch up the opening.
Recent ITV programme Celebrity Stitch Up crossed it when they humiliated fallen soccer star Paul Gascoigne by offering him a job managing Fiji and then signing him up to be an MI6 spy.
THE cover is blown at Celebrity Stitch Up (ITV1, Fri) - and Zoe Lucker can't believe her hoaxer has kept a straight face throughout.