darn

To darn is to stitch up a small hole in a piece of clothing. Instead of throwing your worn-out socks away, you can just darn the holes in their toes.

When you darn your socks or sweaters, you use a needle and thread to close small holes in the woven fabric. There's even a specific stitch known as a "darning stitch," in which you first weave the thread with the grain of the fabric, and then fill in the other "woven" direction. The result is a sturdy patch made only of thread. Darn comes from the Middle French darner, "mend."

Definitions of darn
  1. verb
    repair by sewing
    darn socks”
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    type of:
    bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
    restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
  2. noun
    sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
    synonyms: mend, patch
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    type of:
    sewing, stitchery
    needlework on which you are working with needle and thread
  3. noun
    something of little value
    synonyms: hoot, red cent
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    type of:
    ineptitude, worthlessness
    having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
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