All sewn up

What does "All sewn up" mean?

Today it means: A task is completed

Dead sailors would be sewn up in their hammocks or in canvas sailcloth which was weighted before burial at sea. Once they were ready for burial they were "all sewn up". Rumour has it that the last stitch was through the nose just to make sure they were indeed dead.

See also: Deep six   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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