piece by piece


: by degrees : piecemeal

Examples of piece by piece in a Sentence

worked out the solution piece by piece
Recent Examples on the Web And businesses have swooped in to take advantage of complex laws and cases in which heirs dispute ownership to pick apart properties piece by piece. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Nov. 2023 By situating stars in time and place, astronomers can retrace history and infer how the Milky Way was built, piece by piece, over billions of years. Quanta Magazine, 28 Sep. 2023 Like the country shedding its offensive costuming, piece by piece. Travis Diehl, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 With live news and sports now making their way to streaming, piece by piece, the Jenga puzzle of the cable bundle has started to destabilize. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 21 Sep. 2023 Falmouth is expanding its waste water infrastructure piece by piece. Beth Treffeisen, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2023 Since then, she's been making her house with Scott into a home, piece by piece. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2023 After the raw fish was loaded onto plastic trays, Victoria Gluck, a biologist on staff, carried a tray over to a turtle tank and doled out the meals with tongs, piece by piece, to the corresponding patients, whose numbers were written on their backs with nontoxic paint. Dodai Stewart Anna Watts, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2023 In one neat bit from the trailer, 621 has to take down a massive mobile platform, dismantling it piece by piece. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 25 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piece by piece was circa 1530

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“Piece by piece.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piece%20by%20piece. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

piece by piece

: a little at a time
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