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 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 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

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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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a complex dispute or argument

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