Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of repairing or mending, usually a clumsy temporary performance; the repair so made.
- patch + up (Wiktionary)
“This account of how he and other European leaders cobbled an uneasy pact to keep the euro zone from unraveling — a patch-up that continues to show signs of strain — was based on interviews with dozens of officials across the continent.”
“A recent patch-up with an estranged ally may have prevented a possible fall of the government, but the ruling coalition is still hanging together by a thread.”
“While European officials have pledged to deliver a stronger safety net for troubled euro members next month, Mr. Taylor of FX Concepts calls such moves another "patch-up.”
“These were patch-up jobs, though, on a career that was in clear decline.”
“The gaping cracks in the hillside foundation that ran up and down the uneven staircase like varicose veins have been filled in, the threads from my old patch-up caulking jobs paved over with a smooth frosting of flat, even concrete.”
“Satisfied with my patch-up job, I stuffed the antibiotic ointment back into the first-aid kit and returned it to the medicine cabinet.”
“A lot of the cars being sold here are patch-up jobs that are towed in from up north for that purpose.”
“Sensors attached to key supports (in buildings/ships/aircraft … spaceships?), fed into a network, signalling strategically-placed repair stations to do a “patch-up”?”
“After Copenhagen, which probably will be concluded with a patch-up accord, it will be vital to change paths from the one we've been on essentially since before Kyoto in 1997.”
“Lea, meanwhile, had a stern talk with Nahid, who felt so bad that she offered up the name of the famous doctor who did the patch-up jobs, and life resumed its normal course.”
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