Meaning of stitch up in English:

stitch up

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phrasal verb

  • 1stitch someone up, stitch up someoneBritish informal Manipulate a situation so that someone is placed at a disadvantage or wrongly blamed for something.

    • ‘he was stitched up by outsiders and ousted as chairman’
    • ‘And as a patriotic Turk at heart and by blood, too, he is confronted by the real probability that his grandfather was stitched up by the very same Turkish establishment he longed to join.’
    • ‘Mostly, people will tell you that he was stitched up by his players and his assistant and his employers in the union.’
    • ‘A substantial number within the hospital believes that he was stitched up and made a scapegoat for a practice which appears to be quite normal in many hospitals up and down the country.’
    • ‘He has been stitched up - to raise money in his memory.’
    • ‘She was more than willing to talk about all these things, which is cool, because I hate the idea of stitching someone up with a story they wouldn't want printed.’
    • ‘In an angry phone call, he accused me of ‘stitching him up’ and, although things got better over the years, there remained a certain coolness.’
    • ‘He'd just been appointed deputy chairman of the party and, on the eve of the Blackpool conference, he'd been interviewed by the BBC without being advised and they stitched him up.’
    • ‘In the past no-one batted an eyelid but we've learned that some people go out of their way to try to stitch you up; some people are like that.’
    • ‘They are trying to stitch us up - these are things that they don't say to us.’
    • ‘Evidently deeply suspicious of British newspapers, she seems to misinterpret innocent questions as a ruse to stitch her up.’
    falsely incriminate, get someone into trouble
    1. 1.1stitch something up, stitch up somethingArrange or secure a deal or agreement to one's advantage.
      • ‘the company has stitched up major deals all over the world to boost sales’
      • ‘Early last week, speculation began to emerge that Lehman Brothers was poised to bid and the deal would be stitched up in time for the upcoming results announcement.’
      • ‘Instead, after a deal was stitched up with the big unions, the conference voted for a statement from the Labour National Executive which linked Britain's eventual withdrawal of troops to the return of democracy in Iraq.’
      • ‘The only answer must be that a deal has been stitched up between the two men, who agreed over dinner nine years ago that Tony would one day hand over to Gordon.’
      • ‘Once a deal has been stitched up, he will almost certainly be out-voted by the European, African and Asian delegates.’
      • ‘The bill was rejected by Parliament twice, yet he persisted with it and passed it in an amended form after a deal was stitched up with an independent member of parliament.’
      • ‘That is because the deal has not been stitched up properly.’
      • ‘In future the BBC in Scotland will decide on how it covers the news on strict editorial grounds instead of how the director-general in London wants the news presented and has stitched it up with Downing Street.’
      • ‘Even this debate was tightly stitched up to marginalise anti-war voices.’
      • ‘Their frequent bilateral meetings meant that EU summits were often stitched up in advance.’
      • ‘It was all stitched up and done before we got there and nothing anybody said from the floor was going to change their minds.’