Definition of patch in English:

patch

noun

  • 1A piece of cloth or other material used to mend or strengthen a torn or weak point.

    • ‘Also, please note my tweed coat with leather elbow patches, which cements my authenticity and invites you to share with me your innermost secrets.’
    • ‘Made from a soft wool blend, it features a gray, ribbed knit finish along the cuffs, collar and waistband, with brown suede patches on the elbows.’
    • ‘And I'm not a bald, bearded man with leather patches on the elbow, either.’
    • ‘It's charcoal gray with light gray stitching, elbow patches and a large star patch on the front.’
    • ‘For extra attention, select a cardigan with small pockets or leather patches on the elbows.’
    • ‘I'll probably put leather patches on these ones.’
    • ‘It was made of cheap leather patches haphazardly sewn together pieces of tanned hide.’
    • ‘The tan blazer he was wearing had gray leather elbow patches.’
    • ‘All were equally worn with work and dressed in shabby clothing, layered with tears and patches.’
    • ‘It features a half-zip mock collar, elbow patches for durability and an extra rugged look, and a contrast trim along the inner collar, sleeves and hem.’
    • ‘If his jackets weren't wool tweed, they had patches on the elbows.’
    • ‘He had a slight muscular build, which was covered by a dark blue winter coat with brown leather patches on the elbows.’
    • ‘All I need is a cheap tweed coat with leather patches at my elbows and I could be dodgy salesman of the year.’
    • ‘We knew instinctively that anyone wearing a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches was a history teacher and those wearing ponchos were over-zealous social workers.’
    • ‘You sew new patches on old, fragile cloth, it will tear around the patch and make the hole bigger.’
    • ‘There were rips, tears, and dirty patches all over them.’
    • ‘Even when a propshaft has been salvaged, there are normally strengthened patches on the keel where the bearings would have been mounted.’
    • ‘The paper will wrinkle slightly; if it tears, patch it with another piece.’
    • ‘There were mended patches all over the coat and she could tell it was very old, it smelled nice though.’
    • ‘They're usually so docile, chess players, with their pasty skin, skinny necks, elbow patches and eyeglasses.’
    piece of cloth, piece of fabric, piece of leather, piece of material, reinforcement
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    1. 1.1A pad or shield worn over a sightless or injured eye or an eye socket.
      • ‘But, you can still pick out a sexy patch to cover up the gaping hole in your head, which thank goodness was discovered after we dilated your eyes!’
      • ‘He was allegedly carjacked by Mr. Nichols in the parking garage and you can see that he is wearing a patch over his eye from the injuries in that incident.’
      • ‘He was rather plump, and wore a black patch over his right eye.’
      • ‘He wore a black patch over his left eye while his good eye, hungry with greed, stared at Hitomi in a frightening star.’
      • ‘He wears a black patch over the recently fitted plastic eye, but his dancing legs are strong.’
    2. 1.2A piece of cloth sewn onto clothing as a badge or distinguishing mark.
      • ‘All plates, bowls, and flatware have the group patch superimposed over bands of Transportation Corps red and yellow along the rim.’
      • ‘The army cleverly arranged to have inserted among the legitimate insignia properly designed patches for most of the notional formations.’
      • ‘Since the end of OIF II, I have seen a lot of things happen with medals and badges and patches.’
      • ‘We rely on the identification patches on there to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys.’
      • ‘First of all, the Marines do have uniforms that have Velcro patches.’
      • ‘The front of the jacket is decorated with leather patches depicting all five units involved in the Doolittle Raid.’
      • ‘The Marines don't have all the funky badges and patches that the Army has, so they don't have the same issue.’
      • ‘Nearby lies a mission patch torn from a Nasa space suit with the seven names of the crew running along the edge of the shuttle-shaped insignia.’
      • ‘How can we as soldiers place our combat patch over our country's flag?’
      • ‘I casually open the door, hoping that CAG isn't present, and if he is, that it is so dark he can't see my face or my squadron patch.’
      • ‘In fact, badges or patches tended to disappear altogether, as the GI traded in his original issue field uniforms for replacements at irregular intervals.’
      • ‘It is not a fashion statement it is a cult statement in the same way that wearing a political rosette is, or that wearing a gang patch is.’
      • ‘Walking around, you can see soldiers wearing patches from scores of units.’
      • ‘Even among other service members who may wear combat patches on their right sleeves, the U.S. flag patch is always supposed to be at the top.’
      • ‘A couple of weeks later I was on the U.S. Army home page and noticed a link to unit insignia and patches.’
      • ‘A boy whose knapsack is covered in decorative patches says, ‘If there was a skate park we could go to, that would be awesome,’ his eyes lighting up.’
      • ‘Many wore American flags in straw hats and American patches over their hearts.’
      • ‘Speaking of history, I notice the Orioles wearing 50-year anniversary patches on their sleeves.’
      • ‘Boy Scouts wear the patch on the right chest pocket of their uniform, while Girl Scouts wear the patch on the back of their sash.’
      • ‘Following that meeting, Pershing directed all American divisions to design and wear their own distinctive shoulder patches.’
    3. 1.3An adhesive piece of drug-impregnated material worn on the skin so that the drug can be absorbed gradually over a period of time.
      • ‘For oestrogen-only treatment, tablets, patches, implants and skin gels are available.’
      • ‘The contraceptive patch can cause skin irritation (itching and soreness) in some women.’
      • ‘Common side effects are skin redness when the patch is removed and restless sleep.’
      • ‘The testosterone will be delivered through a patch worn on the skin.’
      • ‘The service offers free specialist advice tailored to each individual; one-to-one and group support; advice on devices such as nicotine gum and patches.’
      • ‘Smokers could go for alternatives such as sunflower seeds, apple slices, raisins, nicotine gum and patches to help them quit, he said.’
      • ‘United States approves contraceptive skin patch: The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first transdermal skin patch contraceptive.’
      • ‘She was prescribed a very strong painkiller that she wore as a patch.’
      • ‘From 30 to 50 percent of patients experience mild skin irritation under the patch.’
      • ‘She tried everything else - the arm patches, the nicotine gum - but none of them worked.’
      • ‘Similar to a nicotine replacement patch, insulin patches placed on the skin would provide a continuous low dose of insulin.’
      • ‘Transdermal patches, once they are standardized to achieve physiologic circulating androgen levels in women, will be helpful.’
      • ‘Combined hormonal contraceptives are also available as an adhesive skin patch, which is worn for three weeks out of every four.’
      • ‘Transdermal patches are thin medicated patches which are attached to the skin with adhesive.’
      • ‘Doctors call these drugs vasodilators and they are available in a variety of forms, including tablets, sprays, skin patches and ointments.’
      • ‘One option for transdermal administration when patients cannot tolerate morphine is the fentanyl patch.’
      • ‘More recently, ocular inserts have been developed to provide continuous delivery of low levels of drugs, somewhat analogous to skin patches.’
      • ‘These patches contain nicotine and cost roughly the same as cigarettes do.’
      • ‘For more serious travel sickness your doctor may prescribe patches containing hyoscine (an anti-nausea drug).’
      • ‘Do not try to trim or cut the adhesive patch to adjust the dosage.’
    4. 1.4historical A small disk of black silk attached to the face, especially as worn by women in the 17th and 18th centuries for adornment.
      • ‘During the Enlightenment, fashionable dress, masks and masquerading, corsetry, and the wearing of beauty patches were part of everyday life.’
      • ‘The English and French gentry used patch boxes in which to keep beauty patches as well as patches to cover pox scars.’
  • 2A part of something marked out from the rest by a particular characteristic.

    ‘his hair was combed forward to hide a growing bald patch’
    blotch, mark, pop, spot, smudge, dot, speck, speckle, smear, stain, streak, stripe, blemish
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    1. 2.1A small area or amount of something.
      ‘patches of bluebells in the grass’
  • 3A small piece of ground, especially one used for gardening.

    ‘they spent Sundays digging their vegetable patch’
    • ‘If you have ever spent time weeding a garden, you know that as you create available patches of bare ground, you begin to imagine new plants where the weeds previously stood.’
    • ‘He likes making compost heaps, and digging the resulting stuff into vegetable and flower patches.’
    • ‘The plan is to dig two vegetable patches and a flower bed, and then construct a new section of fence to give some privacy - today was just a digging day.’
    • ‘Employees from the Bolton office of AXA Insurance spent days digging and planting in muddy patches of ground that had been churned up by students' feet at the school.’
    • ‘We have two lovely cats and they keep us great company, are clean and loving and, as I keep a vegetable patch dug, use our garden as their toilet.’
    • ‘There was much more room outside, with outbuildings where hay was stored, pigsties, a flower garden and a vegetable patch.’
    • ‘Others features set to be added include a stream, camomile lawn, eucalyptus trees, picnic areas, a vegetable patch and herb gardens.’
    • ‘Was slightly shocked that after digging over the vegetable patch (about the size of a small bedroom) I was utterly knackered and in pain for days.’
    • ‘There is no smarter way to edge up a vegetable patch or kitchen garden than with box hedging.’
    • ‘And don't forget: If a patch of ground is not being used for the winter garden, plant a cover crop there.’
    • ‘In front of the building, each flat has a short front garden beyond which there is a patch of open ground that extends all the to the road 40 yards away.’
    • ‘He stood by the small patch of ground that was usually their garden for the year and watched the sun come up.’
    • ‘Selena decided to peak around the corner, maybe the three of them were having a late breakfast in the garden or just doing some work to prepare the vegetable patches for the winter.’
    • ‘The sun has been shining, my neighbour has been in his garden farting and Poppy, my most excellent beagle has been digging up the vegetable patch.’
    • ‘One of my wildest dreams in life is to one day have a garden, a vegetable patch and an orchard.’
    • ‘She scurried off into the kitchen, while Grandad stayed out in the garden, digging his vegetable patch.’
    • ‘I think they will work very nicely with what we have planned for next year in the vegetable garden patch.’
    • ‘Last year I created a patio garden in a small patch outside the kitchen door.’
    • ‘From the very beginning there are pictures of English vegetable gardens and Scottish cabbage patches - examples of a long-lived genre, the rural picturesque.’
    • ‘In the first we'll aim to follow a rural isolationist lifestyle, doing our own thing in our own way in a stone-built cottage on a plot large enough to have a decent garden and vegetable patch.’
    plot, area, piece, strip, row, lot, tract, parcel
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    1. 3.1British informal An area for which someone is responsible or in which they operate.
      ‘we didn't want any secret organizations on our patch’
      • ‘North Yorkshire is hardly the most hazardous patch to police, yet the force has the third worst record in the country for retirement on medical grounds.’
      • ‘Retained part-timers who decide to carry on working during the dispute will normally be asked only to cover their usual patch.’
      • ‘I'm hoping neither author moves into my own patch - black comedy - to hot up the competition.’
      • ‘‘One of the problems is that we have various organisations defending their own patch all the time,’ he said.’
      • ‘His patch covers the whole of the North of England from Birmingham upwards, Scotland and Northern Ireland.’
      • ‘A radical shake up of rural policing in the district will see the return of local Bobbies patrolling a beat and being responsible safety and security on their patch.’
      • ‘Every now and then, an experience would serve as a reminder that intelligent marine mammals can be aggressive as well as friendly; that you must operate with respect in what is their patch.’
      • ‘One woman on my patch called police fifty times in twelve months, and they attended every time. That's fifty crimes of violence for the politicians to wave about.’
  • 4informal A period of time seen as a distinct unit with a characteristic quality.

    ‘he may have been going through a bad patch’
    • ‘At the moment we are certainly going through a bad patch and ‘that was the week that was’ is an apt phrase to describe the last week when everything came in threes.’
    • ‘He also had a bad patch over a holiday in Majorca as a guest of media people, though he broke no rules and the story was puffed up far beyond its importance.’
    • ‘Word had reached me that he was going through a bad patch, hitting the bottle and living in a hostel for the homeless.’
    • ‘But you always have a bad patch in a season and we are having ours now, hopefully.’
    • ‘It is possible that this year our team is just hitting a bad patch and the future will be more promising.’
    • ‘You have to do that to get the best out of him, but he's just having a bad patch at the moment and we expect him to bounce back soon.’
    • ‘They have to believe that the core business is going through a bad patch, from which it will recover.’
    • ‘The team was going through a bit of a tough patch towards the end of the National League.’
    • ‘This is particularly dedicated to anyone who's going through a bit of a tough patch at present.’
    • ‘The possibility that the economy is going through one of its regular soft patches should not be discounted.’
    • ‘You are hoping that the company is incredibly cheap, as judged by the low PSR, and is actually able to recover from its bad patch.’
    • ‘The monarchy has been through bad patches in the past.’
    • ‘She was extraordinarily supportive when I went through a bad patch some years back.’
    • ‘Injuries and different selectors did come along and all players went through bad patches but he had been fit for the last five years and felt there was more left to chase other milestones along the way.’
    • ‘Liberalism had a bad patch in the late 20th century, not through lack of feelings, but through lack of arguments.’
    • ‘A third Bankers' goal made it a harsh scoreline for York, who are going through a bad patch after a great start to the season.’
    • ‘Last season, we had a bad patch in mid-campaign.’
    • ‘For the past two weeks I have been going through a bad patch.’
    • ‘Perhaps he'd gone through a bit of a rough patch in grade 5 and in the years that followed.’
    • ‘Every team has a bad patch during a season and hopefully we had ours at the start.’
    period, time, spell, phase, stretch, interval
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  • 5A temporary electrical or telephone connection.

    • ‘We also called the admiral's office and had a cellphone patch directly to his aide.’
    1. 5.1A preset configuration or sound data file in an electronic musical instrument, especially a synthesizer.
      • ‘Particularly clever is the use of the extracted reverberation from the harp, used as an eerie synthesizer patch in its own right.’
      • ‘We're talking five-minute patches of overdriven Moog, bass-thumping and off-time drumbeats.’
      • ‘Auto-save happens after each recording pass and edit, and when storing a locate memory or mix scene, a patch preset or an FX preset.’
      • ‘Lodder opts for some slightly cheesy synth patches on occasion, but he does a good job of glueing the whole together with big, churchy organ chords and squelchy analogue synths.’
      • ‘Although this example is itself trivial, jMax is capable of far more complex synthesis patches.’
      • ‘The XV - 5050 has a great set of over 1,000 preset patches, and you can program your own to create more.’
      • ‘The unitary conductances in patches with a single active channel are stable for the durations of the recordings.’
      • ‘You can morph from one synth patch to another, resulting in some astonishing effects with voice, percussion and other instruments.’
      • ‘I should be concentrating more on when particular synth patches reemerge, as I think this would be interesting.’
      • ‘I tried all of the reverb patches on drums, vocals, electric guitars and keyboards and found them to have good dynamic responses.’
      • ‘This synth proves to be a very complete tool kit for sound and patch design and presents a unique sonic flavor that's not available elsewhere.’
      • ‘His trademark chromatic patches are dull and muddy.’
      • ‘B. All keyboard sounds must be edited in some way: no factory presets or pre-programmed patches are allowed.’
      • ‘You can use it as a control device and make a patch that actually synthesizes the notes.’
      • ‘Today he employs various Max / MSP patches to construct interminable tracks of grid-like tub beatings.’
  • 6Computing
    A small piece of code inserted into a program to improve its functioning or to correct an error.

verb

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  • 1Mend or strengthen (fabric or an item of clothing) by putting a piece of material over a hole or weak point in it.

    ‘her jeans were neatly patched’
    • ‘I would think that living in a vibrant neighborhood wouldn't be all that good; you'd constantly be patching the cracks in the plaster.’
    • ‘Traditionally, patching fabric together was about recycling.’
    • ‘She patched her clothing and then let Mike buy her lunch at the store.’
    • ‘He set us to work, then hauled me over and got me to help him patching a suit.’
    • ‘He was not terrifying in the least in his appearance; his shirt was made of burlap and his boots were muddy and his trousers were patched.’
    • ‘It was no good just patching it, it would have to be done properly with good foundations.’
    • ‘His robes were patched purple silk, and across his knees he held a stick.’
    • ‘The road at Deerpark, Ballymorris will be patched.’
    • ‘Even Jesus' analogy of patching an old cloak with a new piece of cloth is unfamiliar in today's world of preshrunk and synthetic materials.’
    • ‘She finally managed to find a pair of jeans that were actually patched, albeit with a striped piece of cloth that she thought looked ridiculous, and a short sleeved green shirt that was blank on the front.’
    • ‘A week after the mayor had to suspend his repopulation schedule, the water is being pumped, the levees being patched and the return is on.’
    • ‘For everyone who has read the poem knows that it's about a philosophy towards life, and not merely patching a wall.’
    • ‘For example, if the roofing has been patched or repaired in any way, or if the neighbors have seen workmen on the roof, that could indicate prior knowledge on the sellers' part.’
    • ‘The main road through Nurney, which requires repairs, has been patched.’
    • ‘She was sorting through Ian's worn practice clothes and mending or patching.’
    • ‘The dark gray trousers were patched at the knee, while his linen shirt and wool jacket showed signs of wear and less-than-skilled repairs.’
    • ‘Look up, though, and you'll see just how old the buildings are, many with wobbly old tiled roofs that've been patched and propped over the years, and good for another couple of centuries with a bit of love and care.’
    • ‘Hours before the worst of Hurricane Rita ravages the Texas and Louisiana coasts, water overwhelms or overtops a newly patched levee.’
    • ‘Why waste time patching the road when they could have resurfaced it all?’
    • ‘The teams of engineering experts planned to drop sandbags and boulders into several large gaps that had appeared on Friday in a part of the Industrial Canal levee that had been patched after Hurricane Katrina.’
    mend, repair, put a patch on, cover, sew, sew up, stitch, stitch up
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    1. 1.1Medicine
      Place a patch over (a good eye) in order to encourage a lazy eye to work.
      ‘the amblyopia may be treated by patching the good eye’
      • ‘However, recent evidence indicates that patching may increase discomfort and decrease rate of healing.’
      • ‘Both groups of children in the study performed one hour a day of ‘near’ work, such as coloring, tracing, reading, and crafts, while their eye was patched.’
      • ‘The long-established practices of early childhood screening for amblyopia and patching of the dominant eye are not supported by evidence of good clinical outcome.’
      • ‘For decades, patching the unaffected eye has been the mainstay of amblyopia treatment.’
      • ‘By patching the good eye, you're effectively making someone use their lazy eye.’
      • ‘Treatment may be surgical for muscle imbalance, use of refractive lenses, or patching the normal eye to allow the affected eye to regain strength and vision.’
      • ‘With early detection, vision can be restored by patching the properly aligned eye, which forces the misaligned one to work.’
      • ‘Bed rest with elevation of the head and patching of the affected eye may prevent the frequent complication of rebleeding, but the data are unclear.’
      • ‘The perioperative nurse applies another dose of topical anesthetic drops to the surgical eye and may patch the nonsurgical eye.’
      • ‘The traditional model of patching for amblyopia tends to be one in which the closer vision is to normal the less treatment is given.’
      • ‘Both of the patients' eyes had to be patched, which completely obstructed vision.’
    2. 1.2Computing
      Correct, enhance, or modify (a routine or program) by inserting a patch.
      • ‘Maryland failed to carry out other key recommendations as well, such as patching the Windows 2000 software used on its central computer system, and installing a firewall to protect that system.’
      • ‘Keep up to date on patching your operating systems and applications.’
      • ‘The holes have been discovered from analysis of an existing link on the Internet and a fully functional demonstration of the exploit have been produced and been shown to affect even fully patched versions of Explorer.’
      • ‘The HIToolbox human interface API has been patched to prevent the VoiceOver accessibility app from reading out the contents of secure text-entry fields such as passwords.’
      • ‘Until this year, newly found security holes in operating systems and programs were patched before viruses and worms could be written to exploit them.’
      • ‘Uninstalling Easy CD Creator is wiser, though make sure you've thoroughly patched the Roxio program with all its available updates before removing it.’
      • ‘Many vendors include vulnerable Sendmail servers as part of their software distributions, hence the need to patch Unix and Linux systems as well as dedicated mail servers.’
      • ‘Network upgrades are an interesting way of patching an operating system and its applications.’
      • ‘According to this line of thinking, disclosure should be delayed by up 30 days to give software vendors time to patch a system.’
      • ‘Do you plan to release another patch before the expansion or will the expansion also patch the main program?’
      • ‘A number of computer bugs were patched last week.’
      • ‘The vulnerability has been confirmed on a fully patched system with Internet Explorer 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP SP1 / SP2.’
      • ‘Sophos has warned users not to panic regarding a serious security vulnerability found in versions of Microsoft Windows, but to calmly ensure all computers are correctly patched.’
      • ‘Changing system configurations and patching software can eliminate a fair number of risks at little cost.’
      • ‘Last year, students were given information at that point on how to patch their operating systems.’
      • ‘It found the Defense Department lacks a coordinated approach to ensuring that its systems are patched against the latest software vulnerabilities, and to conducting security assessments.’
      • ‘Of course, Sasser was widely known, so most companies have updated anti-virus software and have patched their systems - which is why we are doing a pen test.’
      • ‘And it's up to each of us to protect our own little corner of cyberspace, by patching our software and being wary of unsolicited e-mail.’
      • ‘The exploit was so bad that it brought the server down to its knees, and it took me over a week to write a program just to patch the problem and keep things under control.’
      • ‘Subjects covered will include advising users to maintain up-to-date anti-virus signatures, patch operating systems and use firewalls.’
    3. 1.3Cover small areas of (a surface) with something different, causing it to appear variegated.
      ‘the grass was patched with sandy stretches’
      • ‘Touch up jobs on varnished, lacquered or painted surfaces are likely to appear patched.’
      • ‘The scars we moved past are striking, the limestone is angled at 45 degrees and popular with crows, patched with lichens and softened by mosses.’
  • 2informal Treat someone's injuries or repair the damage to something, especially hastily.

    ‘they did their best to patch up the gaping wounds’
    repair, mend, fix hastily, do a makeshift repair on, fix temporarily, repair temporarily
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    1. 2.1Construct something hastily from unsuitable components.
      ‘lean-tos patched together from aluminum siding and planks’
      figurative ‘they were trying to patch together an arrangement for cooperation’
    2. 2.2Restore peaceful or friendly relations after a quarrel or dispute.
      ‘any ill feeling could be patched up with a phone call’
      ‘they sent him home to patch things up with his wife’
  • 3Connect by a temporary electrical, radio, or telephonic connection.

    ‘Ralph had patched her through to the meeting by walkie-talkie’
    • ‘Stern tapped a few keys, patching him through to the five docked starfighters.’
    • ‘The secretary said in that sugary sweet voice that she was patching him through to the main office, and to hold on just a sec, hon.’
    • ‘But they patched me through to a disconnected line.’
    • ‘Then in an ideal world we could perhaps patch this into a wireless network, so that passing geeks could genuinely play Tetris on the side of the building from their laptops.’
    • ‘When a customer drives through, they'll be patched through to Grand Forks, North Dakota to place the order.’
    • ‘I made several more noises, and was not only immediately patched through to a technician who solved my problem, but I received a free copy of the software upgrade CD.’
    • ‘The dispatcher can arrange conference calls via radio or by satellite datalink if we're over the ocean, patching us through to a doctor, maintenance facility or security specialist.’
    • ‘Although consumers still need to wait for the phone company to patch their line into Covad's equipment at the central office there is no other delay.’
  • 4Computing
    Correct, enhance, or modify (a routine or program) by inserting a patch.

Phrases

  • not a patch on

    • informal Greatly inferior to.

      ‘he no longer looked so handsome—he wasn't a patch on Peter’
      • ‘I can honestly say I found myself on a big night out in Newcastle the following night in a club thinking - not bad but not a patch on Kendal Town Hall.’
      • ‘Even as she lay beside him, Erin couldn't help but notice his lean body wasn't a patch on Cade's hard-muscled form.’
      • ‘It's not bad, but it's not a patch on Cities of Foam - driving guitar line and echoey, pretentious-sounding sub-Bono vocals.’
      • ‘To my horror there are no redeeming features left, the food is toxic, the childfriendly status has gone and the beer is not a patch on what it was.’
      • ‘It was OK, but not a patch on what I'd seen live. I loyally bought the next couple of singles, but quickly lost interest.’
      • ‘The Sopranos was also excellent last night even though it was a quiet introduction to Season 4 and not a patch on some previous episodes.’
      • ‘Well, little do these West Coast business school evangelists realise that our William was not a patch on Scotland's own national poet as a popular guide to the hidden secrets of managerial success.’
      • ‘Last Sunday's annual Scottish football writers' bash - a word that has proved all too appropriate in the past when egos and drink mixed to ill-effect - sadly was not a patch on its former rumbustious incarnations.’
      • ‘It IS indeed very cold at the moment, but I think not a patch on the ice storms mentioned in previous weeks by our friends on the US East Coast.’
      • ‘I'm not terribly impressed; it's not a patch on the trio of trailers which are included with the soundtrack CD for Volume 1, which contain plenty of footage which is clearly from the second volume.’
      • ‘The problem is their PR machine is not a patch on that of Royal Bank of Scotland.’
      • ‘The line-up of performers is - in theory at least - not too bad, although it's definitely not a patch on the original line-up.’
      • ‘So here we are 21 years later, and even though the latest series sees the lads in Cuba and is not a patch on the first two, it's still the only series I feel obliged to watch.’
      • ‘It's not a patch on the dream dashes from the likes of BMW and Audi, but it is well-made, unusual rather than bland, and the steering wheel - an almost direct lift from the old Three - is a comfortable leather affair.’
      • ‘The skiing itself was good, but not a patch on St Anton.’
      • ‘It's not a patch on what I have at the moment, but perhaps it'll grow on me.’
      • ‘As such, it's not a patch on the imported 1960s Oxford button-downs which I used to buy from Wild Clothing in the Eighties, for that authentic US preppy look.’
      • ‘You realize that being clever hasn't got a patch on being rich.’
      • ‘Like the 25,000 of the Creative Scotland Awards, it's not a patch on a professorial salary.’

Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps from a variant of Old French pieche, dialect variant of piece piece.

Pronunciation:

patch

/paCH/