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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vamp \Vamp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vamped (?; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. Vamping.] 1. To provide, as a shoe, with new upper leather; hence, to to piece, as any old thing, with a new part; to repair; to patch; -- often followed by up. [1913 Webster] I had never much hopes of your vamped play. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. To create with little skill; to concoct; to invent; -- usually with up; as, he vamped up an implausible excuse. [PJC]