patchwork quilt


: a quilt made of patchwork

Example Sentences

the essay isn't so much a cogent argument as a patchwork quilt of the writer's random musings
Recent Examples on the Web Her limbs twitched under the coarse sheets and the gaudy patchwork quilt. Lisa Wells, Harper’s Magazine , 15 Mar. 2023 Other governors have likewise relied on local and county officials to tackle the crisis, creating a patchwork quilt of restrictions around the country. Michelle R. Smith,, 13 Nov. 2020 While the vast majority of Americans support full equal protections for the LGBTQ community, the reality is the state of our community’s legal protections is a threadbare patchwork quilt across this nation and there is a coordinated effort to further its unraveling. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2020 Immunity is a patchwork quilt in New York, for instance: Antibodies were present in 68 percent of people visiting a clinic in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, for instance, but in just 13 percent of those tested at a clinic in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Apoorva Mandavilli,, 17 Aug. 2020 The brand enters the category with two optimally cozy items: a gingham patchwork quilt and a ruffled floral throw pillow. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Nov. 2021 Have your partner throw on a brightly colored patchwork quilt over an all-black suit. Julia Marzovilla, Marie Claire, 23 Sep. 2021 The North American electric grid is a patchwork quilt, not a single entity. Guest Blogger, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2012 This picture may look like an exuberant patchwork quilt, or a stretch of really interesting farmland as seen from an airplane. Eliza Strickland, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2011 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of patchwork quilt was in 1840

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“Patchwork quilt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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