Definition of take something apart in US English:

take something apart

phrasal verb

  • 1Dismantle something.

    • ‘When responsibly understood, the implications of deconstruction are quite different from the misleading clichés often used to describe a process of dismantling or taking things apart.’
    • ‘I watched workmen dismantling several ships and asked why they were taking the vessels apart, for they seemed to be very careful not to damage the integrity of the pieces.’
    • ‘The paths and roads received an uplift with some resurfacing and the unpopular parking bays along Main Street were taken apart and made into more attractive surrounds for the trees planted in the street while still serving as parking bays.’
    • ‘A striking historical church is to be dismantled and moved - and it is the second time it has been taken apart.’
    • ‘What ‘overriding narratives’ do you feel are being dismissed or dismantled that should be kept intact, and who's taking them apart?’
    dismantle, pull to pieces, take to pieces, pull to bits, take to bits, pull apart, disassemble, break up
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    1. 1.1take someone/something apartinformal Attack, criticize, or defeat someone or something in a vigorous or forceful way.
      • ‘Hopefully some member of the opposition parties will take him apart.’
      • ‘But nothing to match what the team produced in the second half last Sunday as they took Tipp apart and inflicted as comprehensive a defeat on the Premier county as the famed blue and gold has ever suffered.’
      • ‘Even more, a few times my Chinese friends took me apart.’
      • ‘Looking back on it they really took us apart for a couple of spells at the beginning and towards the end of the game but for a long period in the middle of the game we dominated but just didn't put the scores on the board.’
      • ‘Graham Harrison, also a member of the squad but yet to represent the county, took Atkins apart in the opening round, throwing 180 for 14 then 15 darts.’
      • ‘Daniel O’ Brien singly handily took Burrin apart as he scored three in the second half to bring his tally to four.’
      • ‘Out of frame of late Tiger sharpened his claws again last week and took Mount Juliet apart.’
      • ‘This was the man who took Manchester United apart at the seams, the talisman for the attack.’
      • ‘Up the road at Torrance House, Ellon took East Kilbride apart by 45-0.’
      • ‘At home to Liverpool we were taken apart - it was like a kids game of ‘shots in’ for them.’
      criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage
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