: to disconnect the pieces of (something) : disassemble
While the giant engines at the Waterworks were being taken apart piece by piece and examined for damage, temporary sources of power were sought.—Jim Murphy
: to treat (someone or something) roughly or harshly : to tear into
The voice in his head that normally took him apart was cutting him some slack. Every now and then, it actually gave him some credit.—David Corbett
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