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piecemeal

adverb piece·meal \ ˈpēs-ˌmēl , -ˈmēl \
Updated on: 23 May 2018
1 : one piece at a time : gradually
2 : in pieces or fragments : apart

Examples of piecemeal in a Sentence

  1. remodeled their house piecemeal because of budgetary constraints

  2. one well-aimed blow ripped the piñata piecemeal

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First Known Use of piecemeal

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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piecemeal Synonyms

Antonyms

abruptly, suddenly;

Phrases

bit by bit, by degrees, inch by inch;


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piecemeal

adjective
: done, made, or accomplished piece by piece or in a fragmentary way
  • piecemeal reforms in the system

Examples of piecemeal in a Sentence

  1. They've done piecemeal repairs in the past, but the bridge now needs major reconstruction.

  2. Some people want the changes to be made all at once, but I think we should take a more piecemeal approach.

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First Known Use of piecemeal

1593

in the meaning defined above

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PIECEMEAL Defined for English Language Learners

piecemeal

  • : done or made in a gradual way in a series of separate steps


PIECEMEAL Defined for Kids

piecemeal

adverb piece·meal \ ˈpēs-ˌmēl \
: one piece at a time : little by little
  • The repairs were made piecemeal.


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