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take apart

1. To disassemble something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "apart." Suzy loves taking electronics apart and figuring out how to put them back together again.
2. To destroy something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "apart." The storm took the house apart overnight.
3. To beat or thrash someone severely and thoroughly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "apart." He acted tough, but he got taken apart by the two brothers. The mugger didn't realize his victim was a martial arts expert, and she completely took him apart.
4. To decisively defeat someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "apart." They have taken apart Cleveland's defense this half. If you underestimate her, she will take you apart during the debate.
5. To be extremely critical of someone or something through careful, thorough analysis. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "apart." She completely took apart his book in front of the entire audience, leaving him looking like a fool. The boss took her apart for bungling up the accounts.
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take someone apart

 
1. Sl. to beat someone up. (See also take something apart.) Don't talk to me that way, or I'll take you apart. He was so mad that I thought he was going to take apart all of us.
2. Inf. to criticize or defame someone or something. They really took me apart, but I just ignore bad reviews. The editorial took apart the entire city government.
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take something apart

 
1. Lit. to disassemble something. (See also take someone apart.) Bobby took his bicycle apart. You take apart everything that is mechanical.
2. Fig. to damage or ruin something. The wreck took both cars apart. The high wind took apart the roof and the fence.
3. Fig. to criticize something severely. The critic took the play apart. The teacher took apart John's essay in front of the class.
See also: apart, take

take apart

1. Dismantle or disassemble, as in They had to take apart the stereo before they could move it. This usage was first recorded in 1936.
2. Examine thoroughly, analyze or dissect, as in The teacher embarrassed Tom by taking his thesis apart in front of the class. [Mid-1900s]
3. Beat up, thrash, as in You'd better be careful; those boys will take you apart. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: apart, take

take someone/something apart

If you take apart a person, idea or argument, you criticize them strongly by explaining their faults. He proceeded to take apart every preconception anyone might have ever had about him. The committee took her apart, criticizing every aspect of her work.

take someone or something apart

1 dismantle something. 2 defeat someone or something conclusively. 3 criticize someone or something severely. informal

take apart

v.
1. To disconnect the parts of something; disassemble something: I took apart the radio to find out what was wrong. The plumber took the drain apart to fix it.
2. To dissect or analyze something in an effort to understand it: He took apart my theory and found a few flaws. The professor took my conclusions apart and said they were invalid.
3. To criticize something or someone severely: The boss didn't like my report much and really took it apart. The committee took apart my budget as being too wasteful.
4. Slang To beat someone severely; thrash someone: I'm going to take you apart in this fight. Go take apart that bully!
See also: apart, take

take someone/something apart

1. tv. to criticize or defame someone or something. They really took me apart, but what the hell?
2. tv. to beat or damage someone or something. The mugger really took the old lady apart.
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There were times when we took them apart and times when they took us apart.
Rangers - from a league below Killie - are huge favourites, but they were also good things when St Johnstone came to Ibrox in the League Cup and took them apart.
HOLLAND 6 SCOTLAND 0 (2003) SCOTLAND suffered their worst defeat in 42 years as Ruud van Nistelrooy took them apart in the Euro 2004 play-off.
Their strength is the scrummage and maul but we took them apart in both these phases.
We never know when a game is finished, we took them apart.
Successive victories over Samoa, Tonga and the Wallabies have revitalised an England squad that looked beyond help when South Africa took them apart.
Wolves are top of the form league at the moment but I thought we absolutely took them apart and we covered well from conceding just before half-time.
When we took them apart, we would find entrapment between the diaphragm and the body of the valves, and in the long deadlegs between the valves.
They took them apart brick by brick and then put them back together on the face of the new building," says Hamilton.
We took them apart,but the only thing that was missing from the game was the three goals we should have scored: Radzinski's one-on-one,Rooney's frees hot and Jeffers'header, which was harder for him to miss than score.
Suker instinctively put himself into a good position to ram in Marc Overmars' cross and Patrick Vieira, magnificent in his last game before suspension, then took them apart down the left before finding Bergkamp whose low cross left Suker with a heaven-sent chance to bury his drive for 3-1.
Leicester's pre-season bandwagon came off the rails at Torquay as striker Rodney Jack took them apart.
However, a struggling Hull side took them apart last week and it's hard to back the Dragons with any confidence.
Tim Cahill grabbed the opener with a helping hand from Johnson but it was the latter who devastated the Reds backline with his early pace, made them nervous and eventually took them apart.