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piece (something) together

1. Literally, to fit the pieces of something together into a whole. She got some super glue and pieced the broken lamp back together.
2. To make sense of something by analyzing multiple pieces of information and drawing a conclusion based on what they collectively indicate. Federal investigators are experts at piecing evidence together to track down criminals. At first I was confused by all the strange ways Janet was behaving, but then I pieced it together and realized what she's been up to.
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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

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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But they did manage to piece something together to retake the lead.
"I'll piece something together," assured The Rev, again placing his hand gently on the widow's knee.
Manager Terry Francona will have to piece something together for a lineup on the homestand, with Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis still out and several players sub-par.
Scott, a victim of Myers, managed only four before Smith came in to join opener Wayne Falla and the pair tried to piece something together.
"You can spend two years trying to piece something together, or you could go and do it for a quarter of the money.