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Take (a machine or structure) to pieces.‘the engines were dismantled and the bits piled into a heap’figurative ‘the old regime was dismantled’
take apart, take to pieces, take to bits, pull apart, pull to pieces, deconstruct, disassemble, break up, strip, strip downView synonyms
- ‘By dismantling shabby sheds and old lanes, the residents can move to much better houses.’
- ‘He kicked off his first term with demands to make cut-backs and set about dismantling the old regime.’
- ‘City officials originally requested that owners of these establishments voluntarily dismantle the offending structures.’
- ‘Imagine dismantling an expensive film set that has not come out to the expectations of the art director.’
- ‘It emphasises that the old corroboration regime has been dismantled.’
- ‘The regime has been dismantling land reforms brought in during the 1950s and 1960s.’
- ‘The chimney, built in the late 1800s, was due to be demolished by dismantling it brick by brick.’
- ‘He then talks about dismantling settlements, something settlers are happy to do if it is in return for peace.’
- ‘It is likely the tower will be dismantled piece by piece using a large crane and a scaffold to support the remaining structure.’
- ‘Ireland had set about dismantling England's ambitious plans with such zeal that to fall at the final fence was unthinkable.’
- ‘The Scottish Parliament is already in the process of dismantling our antiquated feudal system of land laws.’
- ‘Instead of discovering the profound truths of human reality, deconstruction dismantles them and reveals them to be illusions.’
- ‘They set about dismantling the old whaling station and raised the Argentine flag.’
- ‘To dismantle the alarm box and break through these very solid security doors will have taken a lot of time, effort and skill.’
- ‘So, yesterday, Graham tackled the job of dismantling the frame, pulling out the old mount, and putting a new one in its place.’
- ‘They announced the intention of dismantling the state rationing system?’
- ‘Alan Mackay then got to his feet and spoke for 40 minutes, dismantling the prosecution's position.’
- ‘Residents only knew of plans for this when we asked workmen who were dismantling the old and vandalised pieces of play equipment.’
- ‘The scale, which can be dismantled, is leveled with the floor of the building.’
- ‘The old scoreboard was dismantled recently and will be replaced by a new electronic one in the next few weeks.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘destroy the defensive capability of a fortification’): from Old French desmanteler, from des- (expressing reversal) + manteler ‘fortify’ (from Latin mantellum ‘cloak’).
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