pick up the pieces


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pick up the pieces

To try to return a situation to normality after a tragedy or trauma. After our son committed suicide, we were left to pick up the pieces in a silent home. Now, ten days since the hurricane made landfall, residents are struggling to pick up the pieces.
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pick up the pieces

 (of something)
1. Lit. to gather up each piece or part. Norma picked up the pieces of the broken lamp. She stooped down to pick up the pieces.
2. Fig. to try to repair emotional, financial, or other damage done to one's life. I need some time to pick up the pieces of my life after the accident. After a while, Fred was able to pick up the pieces and carry on.
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pick up the pieces

Redeem a bad situation, restore matters to normal, as in Once fighting ended, the task force picked up the pieces and restored democracy. [Late 1800s]
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pick up the pieces

COMMON If you pick up the pieces after something bad has happened, you do what you can to get the situation back to normal. He helped me pick up the pieces of my shattered career and finances. People in the high desert communities are picking up the pieces after last night's earthquake.
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pick up the pieces

restore your life or a situation to a more normal state, typically after a shock or disaster.
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pick up the ˈpieces

do what you can to get your life, a situation, etc. back to normal after a disaster, shock, etc: After his son was killed in a car accident, it took him a long time to pick up the pieces.It’s always the same with her husband. He upsets everyone and then leaves her to pick up the pieces.
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There are plenty of private companies waiting to pick up the pieces.
WHILE most of Merseyside was out celebrating the New Year with the odd drink or 10, it was left to medics to pick up the pieces.
He has also been called in to pick up the pieces in those which are on life-support.