sew up

verb

sewed up; sewn up or sewed up; sewing up; sews up

transitive verb

1
: to mend completely by sewing
2
: to get exclusive use or control of
3
: to make certain of : be assured of
the team sewed up the division title

Examples of sew up in a Sentence

sewed up the available openings so that no one else had a chance to play golf
Recent Examples on the Web Key contests The ceremony will have to create some surprises, as by this point certain categories are all but sewn up. Tom Page, CNN, 9 Mar. 2024 Tight ends Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft appear to have the position sewn up for the next several years. Journal Sentinel, 18 Jan. 2024 Internationally, the sequel to 2018's Aquaman sewed up the No. 2 spot with $30.3 million, for a worldwide cume of $334.8 million. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 7 Jan. 2024 Now that designer houses have literally sewn up red carpet fashion, many of their star clients are showing a surprising aptitude for wearing couture. Maane Khatchatourian, Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2024 And heading into Week 18, not much has been finalized aside from the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers sewing up their respective conference’s No. 1 seeds – which confer a first-round bye and home-field advantage as long as those teams remain alive. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 But with Donald Trump’s victory in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, and the Republican nominating contest all but sewn up, the 2024 presidential campaign looks set to be among the bleakest in memory. Bloomberg Opinion, Twin Cities, 28 Jan. 2024 Thanks in part to years of work by the former president’s campaign and allies, the party’s primary rules and calendar are designed to help a front-runner sew up the nomination quickly. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 His apparent moderation may stem from pragmatism, given the scope of the immense challenge before him, his political inexperience, and the need to sew up alliances with other parties to implement his agenda in Congress, where his party is a distant third in number of seats held. Débora Rey, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sew up was in the 15th century

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“Sew up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sew%20up. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

sew up

verb
1
: to get exclusive use or control of
2
: to make certain of
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