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1. phrasal verb
To stitch someone up means to trick them so that they are put in a difficult or unpleasant situation, especially one where they are blamed for something they have not done. [British, informal] [V n P] ⇒ He claimed that a police officer had threatened to stitch him up and send him to prison. [Also VP n]
2. phrasal verb
To stitch up an agreement, especially a complicated agreement between several people, means to arrange it. [mainly British, informal] [VP n] ⇒ Shiraz has stitched up major deals all over the world to boost sales.