One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her aunt sewed the last seams of the tunic’
stitch, machine stitch
seam, hem, tack, baste
1‘no sooner was one tear sewn up than another appeared’
darn, mend, repair, patch
2‘last week, the company sewed up a deal with IBM’
secure, clinch, pull off, bring off, settle, conclude, bring to a successful conclusion, complete, finalize, tie up, seal, set the seal on
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