Definition of stitch-up in English:



informal British
  • An act of placing someone in a position in which they will be wrongly blamed for something, or of manipulating a situation to one's advantage.

    • ‘he called the deal a stitch-up and said other companies were prevented from submitting higher bids’
    • ‘to put it bluntly, the election was tantamount to a stitch-up’
    • ‘The Libyan government believes this was a political stitch-up.’
    • ‘Control of the Assembly was the main political price of the stitch-up.’
    • ‘This is a political stitch-up designed to keep a key debate away from the conference.’
    • ‘‘To suggest that there was a stitch-up implies a sense of organisation,’ said one insider.’
    • ‘He loves nothing more than hearing angry French politicians denounce the constitution as a British stitch-up.’
    • ‘The operation means that Vainikolo will not face the Brian Noble-coached Lions, sparking accusations of a stitch-up from the New Zealand camp.’
    • ‘The parties were blaming each other and the Unionists sensed a stitch-up as he entered discussions with the South.’
    • ‘Gone would be the stitch-ups and stage-management of Labour history, both ancient and modern; in its place would come a refreshing readiness to let debate run.’
    • ‘He said it was now clear to voters where his party stood with ‘no nods, no winks, no deals, no stitch-ups.’’
    • ‘And the mood won't be improved by the stitch-up with the unions to get him off the hook in the emergency debate on Iraq.’
    • ‘This is nothing more than a stitch-up, which is why George is going to the Senate to appear before the committee on Tuesday.’
    • ‘One of his colleagues said: ‘All the charges were a stitch-up.’’
    • ‘The whole thing has been a stitch-up, the prime minister has been economical with the truth; one father of two Black Watch soldiers said he wanted to punch him in the mouth, and another described the lack of information as disgusting.’
    • ‘Some people think this is a bit of a stitch-up.’
    • ‘He told BBC News Online: ‘It looks to me like the biggest stitch-up since the Bayeux Tapestry.’’
    • ‘‘It's clearly a stitch-up between two Government departments,’ he said.’
    • ‘He reacted angrily, calling it ‘a stitch-up from a long way back’.’
    • ‘He sensed a stitch-up and, according to one colleague, ‘retreated with Harriet to discuss what to do’.’
    • ‘There are absolutely no signs that it is a stitch-up.’
    • ‘To put it bluntly, the election was tantamount to a stitch-up.’



/ˈstiCHˌəp/ /ˈstɪtʃˌəp/