piece by piece


Definition of piece by piece 

: by degrees : piecemeal

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Synonyms & Antonyms for piece by piece


gradationally, gradually, little by little, piecemeal


abruptly, suddenly

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Examples of piece by piece in a Sentence

worked out the solution piece by piece

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With a floor of honey brown and an upstage wall like a minimalist Kandinsky, the stage is bare at the start and filled piece by piece with chairs and long wooden tables: for reading at, for dancing on, for dying at. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Pulled Apart by ‘Love and Intrigue’," 8 June 2018 The artist, Ryan Mendoza, moved it to Germany and reassembled it in his yard, piece by piece. Washington Post, "House where Rosa Parks sought refuge will be displayed," 19 Apr. 2018 Puzzle piece by piece, interview by interview, Mr. Wardle fits together a grim story of hubristic doctors and their grotesquely unprincipled enablers who played with human lives in the name of science. New York Times, "Review: The Surreal, Heartbreaking Case of ‘Three Identical Strangers’," 27 June 2018 The cathedral stairway was brought piece by piece from England. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Vintage SoCal: Menagerie kept La Cañada Flintridge estate a little wild," 22 June 2018 Spanos meets with small groups three or four times a week, building relationships piece by piece. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Chargers Are Ready to Claim Their Piece of the Los Angeles Sports Market," 20 June 2018 To pay for her unconvetional physical therapy, a woman becomes part of an actor’s latest project: to design the perfect partner, piece by piece. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘The Book That Changed America,’ ‘Manhattan Beach’," 22 June 2018 Dad made Ken spend the entire summer taking the 1956 Plymouth apart piece by piece, marking every piece, cleaning every piece and then putting the entire car back together in running order. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/20," 20 June 2018 Toller is in nearly every shot, and Hawke builds his portrait of a good man, lost, piece by piece. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'First Reformed' review: Ethan Hawke’s bracing dark night of the soul," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of piece by piece

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of piece by piece was circa 1530

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