patchwork quilt

patchwork quilt (plural patchwork quilts)

  1. (literally) A decorative quilt made of pieces of cloth having diverse sizes, colors, and shapes, sewn together either to form a regular pattern or in a deliberately mismatched fashion without a pattern. c en
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Something having a haphazard or disorganized structure; something composed of seemingly random parts.
    • 1989, Susan Tifft et. al., "[,9171,958634,00.html Sticker Shock at the Ivory Tower]," Time, 25 Sep.:
      Despite a patchwork quilt of aid that includes scholarships, loans and an on-campus job, Kenner's father, a train conductor, must now pay $6,000 out of pocket to send his daughter to school.
  • (Something having a haphazard or disorganized structure or random composition) hodgepodge, jumble
  • German: Patchworkdecke

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