One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Kill or severely injure someone.
- ‘‘If it is fair for an Afghan to shoot down a British soldier and cut him to pieces as he lies wounded on the ground’, wrote one such officer, ‘why is it not fair for a British Artilleryman to fire a shell which makes the said native sneeze?’’
- ‘He was driving six horses and he had the reins wrapped around his hands and wrists, and he bounced off the wagon seat; he went back and forth under the wheels and they cut him to pieces.’
- ‘The crusaders, certain of victory, demanded an all-out attack and when it failed they were cut to pieces - it was a defeat on the scale of Hattin.’
- ‘Because even if they had been cut to pieces by American weaponry in the first seconds of the combat, as they were, you don't want to look like you're eager for war and bloodshed.’
- ‘Near this spot my friend Kaveh was cut to pieces and killed by a landmine.’
- 1.1 Totally defeat someone.
- ‘Do not play games with me, lovely, for my ferocious wit and cunning is sure to cut you to pieces!’
- ‘It cuts him to pieces and I know he would love to swap places with me.’
- ‘If you play carelessly or without respect the open lines and quick development that White gets for his pawn will cut you to pieces.’
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