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piece something together

to fit something together; to assemble the pieces of something, such as a puzzle or something puzzling, and make sense of it. The police were unable to piece the story together. The detective tried to piece together the events leading up to the crime.
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piece together something

also piece something together
1. to combine many small details to give a complete description of something In this account, Rawson tries to piece together the events leading up to the tragedy. I hadn't told anyone about it, though I suppose someone could have pieced it together.
2. to combine small things to make something bigger Peters pieced together night courses for five years to earn a college degree. We had to piece the money together to pay off our debts.
Etymology: from the idea of combining the parts of something to make a whole
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piece together

Join or combine parts into a whole, as in With information from several observers, she pieced together an account of what had actually taken place . [Late 1500s]
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piece together

v.
To join or unite the pieces of something: We pieced the broken vase together. The detective pieced together the sequence of events leading up to the accident by interviewing witnesses.
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The guests will be able to enjoy their meal and at the same time are encouraged to interrogate any suspects and piece together evidence to try to bring the culprits to light.
Doctors fire X rays into a patient, collect them as they emerge, and then use computers to piece together information on the health of internal organs.
So he writes down what he learns on scraps of paper or as tattoos on his body as he tries to piece together who is responsible for his wife's murder.
The more pinholes you have, the better you can piece together the whole picture," Chave says.
As the viewer takes in the many detailed objects, the mind begins to piece together a picture of the typical Santa Paula home a century ago.
To piece together a picture of the way people lived in the past, archaeologists and anthropologists have to do just that-pull together remains and artifacts that have been scattered by animals and the elements.
The narration is disjointed, especially at the beginning, as chapters are narrated by different characters and the reader has to piece together the plot.
We are at the point where it's important for us to identify the victim because that will allow us to track backwards and piece together the crime,'' Schmalhofer said.
Like a detective who searches the scene long after a car crash, Kinney had to try to piece together what had happened to Quinlan after that fateful April day some 13 years before.
can watch volunteers clean and piece together fossils in the glassed-in lab; the museum is open from 9:30 a.
Yet when joined, the two methods can yield enough information to piece together a reasonably detailed picture of just a few atoms in a specific region of a crystal.
Meanwhile federal and local investigators finished clearing the site of unexploded fireworks Thursday as they piece together the explosion.
Earth scientists are still trying to piece together the plate-tectonics puzzle.
A Simi Valley restaurateur was resting Friday after undergoing a second surgical procedure to try to heal his burns, while investigators continued trying to piece together the facts of the fire that erupted at his restaurant Sunday, officials said.
Ichnologists, who study footprints, are beginning to piece together a dinosaur "freeway" they believe might have run for hundreds of kilometers along the coast of the ancient sea that filled the interior of North America during the Cretaceous period.