What does 'Stitched up like a kipper' come from?

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PITJones | 15:25 Fri 19th Sep 2003 | Phrases & Sayings
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stitched up like a kipper?


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for a relevant website that offers several possible answers...none of them wildly convincing, it has to be said. I myself quite like the idea of the 'kipper tie' which - being so large - has lots more stitching than most ties! It certainly doesn't appear to have anything to do with actual fishy-type kippers, unless one were to stuff them with another delicacy and re-close them before serving them at table.
Oh dear...that link doesn't seem to work any more. Try clicking and then scrolling down to 'kipper 159-164'. Click on the numbers and you should end up where I was trying to send you earlier! If not, my apologies.
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Del Trotter has said, i do believe, "done up like a kipper"......

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