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  • n  a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas
  • n  a quilt made by sewing patches of different materials together
  • n  sewing consisting of pieces of different materials sewn together in a pattern

  • Once a patchwork of sultanates and kingdoms, this teeming region now struggles to tame its multipleand often conflictingidentities INDIA: Misplaced Majesty.
  • Officials from other republics regard the outcome as a test for the future prospects of the patchwork Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • March 7, 2009 by janidavies Theres not much in the way of big glamour gowns gowns on Milan runways this week, but Veronica Etro showed these three in a muted patchwork .
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  • The Patchwork Rainbow: Spotty Laws Mean Hidden Lives for Idaho's LGBT Community
    While some Idaho communities have added anti-discrimination ordinances to the books, the patchwork nature of laws across the state and the country makes live even more challenging for the LGBT community. by Carissa Wolf Gloria wanted to buy something to commemorate what many women consider the most important day of their life. The Pocatello grandmother found what romantics call true love in her ...
    June 12, 2013 - Boise Weekly
  • EU air traffic control changes spark labor actions
    A plan to simplify the European Union’s patchwork air traffic control system and open up more air traffic duties to private enterprise has sparked strikes and job actions by controllers that began Tuesday in France and were to spread Wednesday to 10 other European nations.
    June 12, 2013 - Tacoma News Tribune
  • Strike over EU plan snarls France, UK airports
    PARIS (AP) — A strike by air traffic controllers forced cancellations of more than 60 percent of flights around France and disrupted travel elsewhere in Europe on Wednesday, as workers protested a plan to simplify Europe's patchwork airspace.
    June 12, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  • Barack Obama in
    As other states and localities go their own ways, we face the prospect that different rules for immigration will apply in different parts of the country,he said. "A patchwork of local immigration rules where we all know one clear national...
  • Michael Chertoff in International Herald Tribune
    We shouldn't have a patchwork of laws. We should be doing a comprehensive federal solution, but we haven't got that thing done,Chertoff said. "What I can tell you is we will certainly use every enforcement tool that we have, and every...
  • Tom Harkin in International Herald Tribune
    To say that food safety in this country is a patchwork system is giving it too much credit. It is a hit or miss gamble, and that is truly frightening,said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, which was...

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