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    I had the doctor out to patch her up

    Hi i want to know what 'I had the doctor out to patch her up' means?


    "I surely don't. But she's had use of the room, and meals, and I had the doctor out to patch her up."

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    Re: I had the doctor out to patch her up

    The woman was injured, and he contacted the doctor to make a house call and tend to her wounds.

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    Re: I had the doctor out to patch her up

    so patch up means healing ????

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    Re: I had the doctor out to patch her up

    Quote Originally Posted by arashrad View Post
    So, does "patch up" mean healing?
    It means "treat" (second definition here: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict.../british/treat)

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    Re: I had the doctor out to patch her up

    To 'patch up' means to fix rips or holes or tears in something with a patch, which is a piece of material somehow fastened to cover the hole. You might patch a hole in a tire, patch a rip in your jeans, patch a hole in a wall, etc.

    We extend this idea to treatment of wounds and injuries, because wounds are holes, tears, rips, etc. in the human body. You have to sew them closed, cover them with bandages, etc. to promote healing. The body heals itself, but treatment is needed to promote the healing.

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    Re: I had the doctor out to patch her up

    Yes, I tend to think of "patch up" = "to mend" objects, often temporarily, and that usage has just been extended to talk about people who have been injured.

    It's often used in a friendly and semi-humorous manner, to keep the injured person's spirits up. e.g. "Let's get you patched up, then we can get you off to hospital".

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