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Definition of patch / up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


patch / up

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    patch something/somebodyup

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  1. 1to repair something, especially in a temporary way, by adding a new piece of material or a patch Just to patch the boat up will cost $10,000.
  2. 2to treat someone's injuries, especially quickly or temporarily The doctor will soon patch you up.
  3. 3to try to stop arguing with someone and be friends again They've managed to patch up their differences. Have you tried patching things up with her?
  4. 4to agree on something, especially after long discussions and even though the agreement is not exactly what everyone wants They managed to patch up a deal.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: patch / up