piece by piece


Definition of piece by piece

: by degrees : piecemeal

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Synonyms & Antonyms for piece by piece


gradationally, gradually, inchmeal, 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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But Republican repeal efforts stalled in Congress last year, and as Mr. Trump and congressional Republicans seek instead to undo the law piece by piece, polls suggest the ACA and its consumer protections have become much more popular. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Pre-Existing Condition Discord Shows Health Care Still a Hot-Button Issue," 28 Oct. 2018 Homes have become ever-evolving design projects for their owners, telling a person's story piece by piece. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Paper Diorama Lamp Is Exactly What You Need to Lighten Up Your Home," 21 Feb. 2019 So this was a way of me sort of finding my way through it piece by piece. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 But the Tappan Zee was supposed to be demolished piece by piece. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Explosives Considered to Bring Down Old Tappan Zee Bridge," 6 Dec. 2018 The construction boom includes more than $8 billion to tear down LaGuardia piece by piece, except for the Marine Air Terminal, and rebuild the entire airport. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "New York’s Three Airports: Bottom of the Heap," 14 Nov. 2018 With Darnold, the first decision Bates and Todd Bowles had to make was how to teach him the offense, piece by piece or all at once. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Starting Job? For Now, Sam Darnold Is Just Holding On Tight," 14 June 2018 Here, watch a few of our favorite fashion public relations ladies break down their looks piece by piece. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: Here's What Real Fashion PR Girls Are Wearing Right Now," 26 Sep. 2018 Deaver’s story is doled out piece by piece, as is the rising timbre of Zalewski’s distress, and the resulting tension is one of the best things about the show. Karen Han, Vox, "Hulu’s Castle Rock gets what makes Stephen King so scary," 20 July 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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