Definition of patchwork
- a patchwork of fields
The valley is a patchwork of family farms.
A patchwork of laws prevent the land from being developed.
a patchwork system of laws
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: something that is made up of different things
: pieces of cloth of different colors and shapes that are sewn together in a pattern
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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