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take to pieces

1. To disassemble something into many smaller parts. A noun or pronoun is used between "take" and "to." Often used in passive constructions. I had to take the washing machine to pieces in order to figure out what was wrong. The sofa will have to be taken to pieces to fit into the moving van.
2. To beat or thrash someone thoroughly and severely. A noun or pronoun is used between "take" and "to." Often used in passive constructions. The mugger didn't realize his victim was a martial arts expert, and she completely took him to pieces. He acted tough, but he was taken to pieces by the two brothers.
3. To utterly dominate someone in an argument, debate, criticism, etc. A noun or pronoun is used between "take" and "to." Often used in passive constructions. Sandy took her husband to pieces when he tried to justify the new flatscreen TV he bought with their savings. My midterm paper got taken to pieces by my professor.
See also: piece, take

take something to pieces

Inf. to disassemble something. I will have to take the vacuum cleaner to pieces to find out what's wrong with it. The machine was taken to pieces again in an effort to find where the leftover part belonged.
See also: piece, take
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"They really took us to pieces. We had an opportunity at the start of the game to stay with them, we missed an opportunity to score which would have kept us in the game and little by little we lost our way and lost our concentration.
They took us to pieces," the New Zealander admitted.
'Arsenal were in the middle of that 49-game unbeaten run and took us to pieces, but they could have made any team look poor in that sort of form, and all it did was remind us how tough it was and give us a bit more metal.
They took us to pieces but what it did was give us more mettle.
"The Scotland pack took us to pieces on that occasion," he said.
The Swiss admitted that they waited for Gazza to run out of steam - then took us to pieces.