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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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His boys for some reason took us apart, saying we mistreated their father - and nothing could be further from the truth," he says.
Slovakia took us apart in Trnava on matchday three but we were a very different team back then.
There were times when we took them apart and times when they took us apart.
There's some big guys there for Rochdale - they really took us apart I thought in the middle and then played off the back of that.
Cranie woefully out of position, Hudson and Lynch off the pace and Brentford took us apart.
To be fair to them they took us apart a bit in the first half and that's something we need to work on for the return this Saturday.
Huddersfield won easily last week against Leicester Lions who took us apart earlier in the season and we will need to be 100% focussed on Saturday.
The diaspora, the conflict which we live took us apart, but let us try to come together.
You could say they took us apart, and handled the day better than we did," said Tait, in the typically candid manner which has become his trademark.
He took us apart with some of his runs from midfield.
It took us apart with its blue hands, this piece, this piece-- &
Tim WELL done to West Brom, they really took us apart.
They took us apart at times, only for us to hit them twice on the break.
After dinner we had to watch Saturday's match with the gaffer pointing out our defensive errors and how easily they took us apart.
The Scottish pack took us apart and that was embarrassing and worrying,' he added.