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 for patchwork
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patchwork \Patch"work`\, n.
     Work composed of pieces sewed together, esp. pieces of
     various colors and figures; hence, anything put together of
     incongruous or ill-adapted parts; something irregularly or
     clumsily composed; a thing patched up. --Swift.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or
           incongruous ideas [syn: patchwork, hodgepodge,
      2: a quilt made by sewing patches of different materials
         together [syn: patchwork, patchwork quilt]
      3: sewing consisting of pieces of different materials sewn
         together in a pattern

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  54 Moby Thesaurus words for "patchwork":
     all sorts, assemblage, assortment, broad spectrum, check, checker,
     checkerboard, checkerwork, chessboard, colors in patches,
     confusion, conglomeration, crazy quilt, crazy-work, gallimaufry,
     harlequin, hash, hodgepodge, hotchpot, hotchpotch, jumble, magpie,
     marquetry, mash, medley, melange, mess, mingle-mangle, miscellany,
     mishmash, mix, mixed bag, mixture, mosaic, odds and ends, olio,
     olla podrida, omnium-gatherum, parquet, parquetry, pasticcio,
     pastiche, plaid, potpourri, salad, salmagundi, sauce, scramble,
     stew, tartan, tessellation, tesserae, variegated pattern,
     what you will

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