take apart

take apart
phrasal 1. to disconnect the pieces of ; disassemble 2. to treat roughly or harshly ; tear into

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • take apart — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms take apart : present tense I/you/we/they take apart he/she/it takes apart present participle taking apart past tense took apart past participle taken apart 1) to separate an object into pieces My watch stopped …   English dictionary

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  • take apart — take (someone) apart to try to understand a person by examining their personality and character. That psychiatrist wanted to take me apart to see what makes me tick. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of take something apart (= separate the… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • take apart — 1) we took the machine apart Syn: dismantle, pull to pieces, pull apart, disassemble, break up; tear down, demolish, destroy, wreck 2) informal the scene was taken apart by the director See criticize …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • take apart — verb a) to dismantle something into its component pieces. I carefully took the clock mechanism apart to clean it. b) to soundly defeat someone, or a team And besides, I was also enjoying the way you took them apart. You know, arguing with them… …   Wiktionary

  • take apart — {v. phr.} To dismantle; disassemble. * /Boys like taking radios and watches apart, but they seldom know how to put them back together again./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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