Stitch-up

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  1. Moley:

    There’s a more extreme version – “stitched up like a kipper”.

    If you’re not familiar, a kipper is a smoked herring, which is removed of guts and head (but not skin or tail) and opened out to a rough fan shape before curing. They’re not stitched back together though, so the expression doesn’t make a lot of sense at face value.

    More explanations here:
    http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/60260/what-is-the-origin-of-stitched-up-like-a-kipper

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