piece by piece


Definition of piece by piece

: by degrees : piecemeal

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Examples of piece by piece in a Sentence

worked out the solution piece by piece
Recent Examples on the Web And then as the rest of the data comes in piece by piece, what seems to be inconsistent with our church at one point can sometimes be consistent at another another point. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "A previously unpublished interview with Clayton Christensen about business, God, and Star Wars," 25 Jan. 2020 This group, in contrast, is one that has been rebuilt, piece by piece, as Shanahan and general manager John Lynch overhauled the roster. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "This season’s 49ers bring to mind the ’81 team that launched the dynasty," 10 Jan. 2020 Corbat noted that the industry is currently in the midst of the dis-aggregation or unbundling phase as the challengers attack incumbents piece by piece. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Citi CEO: In an Age of Fintech Disruption, Don't Sleep on the Bank Branch," 21 June 2019 The monument will be moved piece by piece from its current site on the north end of of plaza to a spot about 500 feet south, where it will be rebuilt in the area of a 1970s bandstand, which will be moved to a city park. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Work on Cenotaph in downtown San Antonio could start in February," 21 Dec. 2019 Gleaming rafters that’ll hold more than 18,000 fans were being assembled piece by piece, like a gigantic Lego set. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Beckham’s Inter Miami soccer team nears stadium completion in Fort Lauderdale," 13 Nov. 2019 But Astrid is adept at finding the weak spots in that armor and at tearing it from Thane piece by piece. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: Five new romances tackle the struggle to feel deserving of love," 3 Dec. 2019 The dish itself is a labor of love and layering, each component — vegetables, meat, rice — carefully put together piece by piece in a pot. New York Times, "Rice at Its Finest," 20 Nov. 2019 More Portland homes slated for demolition are now required to be dismantled piece by piece. oregonlive, "Portland expands list of older homes required to be dismantled by hand," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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“Piece by piece.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piece%20by%20piece. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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