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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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Police would still like to hear from anyone who saw him in the moments before he died to help piece together his final movements.
Chief Insp Steve Glover of West Midlands police said officers were still trying to piece together what happened in the moments after the raid on the Nationwide, where Securicor guards were refilling cash machines.
The coroner has been informed of his death and police said they were trying to piece together his last movements by speaking to clubbers and people in the town's pubs and bars.
"We will now try to piece together his last moments and see if we can establish why this happened."
Through more interviews, school, police, and newspaper reports, and finally Len's handwritten journal, we piece together the tragedy and the roles of each player, and understand how it came to pass.
Balf draws from those texts, as well as other historical data, to piece together the events and reveal the story of these brave men who played a crucial, if unsung, role in the building of the Panama Canal.
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After determining the sequence of nucleotides making up each such piece of DNA, biologists use a computer to match overlapping sequences and piece together as much of the animal's full DNA sequence as possible.
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The findings may help researchers piece together the puzzle of protein regulation and lead to a new generation of therapies for heart disease and nervous system disorders, says Patterson.
Eventually, Hilly and her parents are able to piece together the true family history and they make contact with a relative they never knew existed--the sister who played the piano in Germany so long ago, a survivor of the concentration camps who now lives in Israel.
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Some mummified birch leaves are haunting scientists who are trying to piece together the history of carbon dioxide.