(to be) Sewn up

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Today’s English for football phrase is to be sewn up. This expression is a phrasal verb using the words sew and up and means to be successful in something you do. It also carries the meaning of being dominant especially when we use this expression in football. So when a team looks as if it will win a game, or more usually a title, we say that they have sewn up the championship. For example, many people thought that Real Madrid had sewn up La Liga until they lost last week though few would disagree that Inter have the Serie A title sewn up in Italy. Which team will sew up the African Cup of Nations title this weekend? To sew up, to be sewn up.

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