patch (something) up

"Patching up" something means fixing it by covering it with something. You usually "patch up" something that has a hole or a crack, like:

  • a sidewalk
  • a wall
  • a spot in your lawn

You can also use "patch up" to talk about fixing a relationship that has broken.

We got in a fight a few days ago, but we've patched things up.

This phrase appears in these lessons: