to patch things up meaning, to patch things up definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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patch

  
  ( patches    plural & 3rd person present)   ( patching    present participle)   ( patched    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A patch on a surface is a part of it which is different in appearance from the area around it.  
usu with supp  
...the bald patch on the top of his head..., There was a small patch of blue in the grey clouds.     
2       n-count   A patchof land is a small area of land where a particular plant or crop grows.  
with supp, oft N of n  
...a patch of land covered in forest., ...the little vegetable patch in her backyard.     
3       n-count   A patch is a piece of material which you use to cover a hole in something.  
...jackets with patches on the elbows.     
4       n-count   A patch is a small piece of material which you wear to cover an injured eye.  
She went to the hospital and found him lying down with a patch over his eye.     
    eye patch  
5       verb   If you patch something that has a hole in it, you mend it by fastening a patch over the hole.  
He and Walker patched the barn roof...      V n  
...their patched clothes.      V-ed  
6       n-count   A patch is a piece of computer program code written as a temporary solution for dealing with a virus in computer software and distributed by the makers of the original program.     (COMPUTING)  
Older machines will need a software patch to be loaded to correct the date.     
7    If you have or go through a bad patch or a rough patch, you have a lot of problems for a time.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
a bad patch/a rough patch      phrase   N inflects  
His marriage was going through a bad patch...     
8    If you say that someone or something is not a patch on another person or thing, you mean that they are not as good as that person or thing.  
  (BRIT)  
INFORMAL  
not a patch on sb/sth      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR n  
Handsome, she thought, but not a patch on Alex.      patch up  
1       phrasal verb   If you patch up a quarrel or relationship, you try to be friendly again and not to quarrel any more.  
She has gone on holiday with her husband to try to patch up their marriage...      V P n (not pron)  
He has now patched up his differences with the Minister...      V P n (not pron) with n  
France patched things up with New Zealand...      V n P with n  
They managed to patch it up.      V n P  
2       phrasal verb   If you patch up something which is damaged, you mend it or patch it.  
We can patch up those holes...      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
3       phrasal verb   If doctors patch someone up or patch their wounds up, they treat their injuries.  
...the medical staff who patched her up after the accident...      V n P  
Emergency surgery patched up his face.      V P n (not pron)  


eye patch        ( eye patches    plural  ) An eye patch is a piece of material which you wear over your eye when you have damaged or injured it.      n-count  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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n.
characteristic of awesome people or things
exp.
expression meaning "things never change"
exp.
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
exp.
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
n.
fear of running out of things to read
[Psych.]
exp.
amongst other things said or stated
At the panel she stated her claims inter-alia
n.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things
n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things.
[Slang] related to bro-mance
n.
Someone (usually a young man) who tries unsuccessfully to be funny by making lame jokes and doing stupid things
US English, colloquial
n.
a process by which two or more things affect each other
In my science class, I learned the interaction between humans and the Earth is getting more negative because people keep emitting the carbon dioxide.
n.
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
n.
a process by which two or more things affect each other ()
I learned the idea of interactions in ecosystems. It was hard to understand because there are many kinds of interactions that made me feel confused.
n.
an ambitious woman who thinks her career really matters more than many things and is not willing to compromise on it
v.
used for saying that you think someone is spending too much money on things they do not need
exp.
take an action that will complicate things; do something with a negative impact
exp.
expression used for pointing out that, if you love someone, you accept also things and people dear to the person you love
n.
expression used for describing a perfect compatibility (between people, things, factors etc.)
exp.
it's said when someone has done things in the wrong order
exp.
to do two things at the same time using the effort needed to do only one
exp.
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
n.
a small group of people or things within a much larger group
There are a lot of national minorities in my home country (Denmark). We have a lot of people from Poland, Somalia etc.
exp.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.

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