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  • v. to repair by adding a patch.
  • v. to mend quickly
  • v. to repair, to make better

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. To mend by patching; to patch; -- also used figuratively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. come to terms
  • v. mend by putting a patch on


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  • The reason probably was that the Army-chiefs desired at the moment to patch up a concordat, suppressing all unnecessary appearance of difference between the Parliament and the Army, and bringing both as amicably as possible into the one direct track of the new set of Parliamentary Propositions to the King.

    The Life of John Milton

  • That spell of Novel reading, and a dinner at Knight the Publisher's, to patch up a feud with Harriet Martineau, is all in the shape of amusement that I have taken since my return, - and not much more amusing than darning stockings. ...

    New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • She was the co-heiress of the vast Shrewsbury estates and her immense fortune would do nicely to patch up his own diminished finances.

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • And, he had thought in Artaxata, he could still patch up his differences with Octavian.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • In sending Dellius to Median Artavasdes, Cleopatra was trying to patch up an alliance that would keep this king quiet while his Armenian namesake was conquered for Rome.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The first task of the new Ministry was to patch up the quarrel with France, and, thanks to the good sense and dignity of the Emperor, it was managed in spite of the scandalous acquittal by an English jury of the Frenchman, Dr. Bernard, who had manufactured Orsini's bombs.

    Lady John Russell

  • But all three men survived; all three men landed their beat-up planes and turned them over to the marvelous ground crews, who worked twen - ty-four hours a day to patch up the battered air - craft.

    The HurricaneStory

  • Now teach me that dance, and I will patch up all the rest of the gimcracks.

    The Brownies and Other Tales


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