Detectives and crime scene investigators worked into the night seeking to piece together exactly what transpired next.
For a journalist, trying to piece together the life of a Guantanamo detainee involves staring into the bureaucratic unknown.
As Bowser sits in a Dallas jail, police are trying to piece together what made the former teacher allegedly kill.
They first worked on a piece together, a short-lived installation on the Cologne docks, in 1961.
Elisa hides in her university office until she can piece together what she does for a living.
He was not a great hand at a tale, whatever he might be on the field, and we may piece together his story for him.
I began to piece together rumours I had heard but never credited.
And he tried to piece together from things she had told him her life as it had passed him by.
Julia then began to piece together as well as she could the torn fragments.
Captain Clarke was gone two weeks and he had added only two facts to those they had been able to piece together.
c.1200, "fixed amount, measure, portion," from Old French piece "piece, bit portion; item; coin" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *pettia, probably from Gaulish *pettsi (cf. Welsh peth "thing," Breton pez "piece, a little"), perhaps from an Old Celtic base *kwezd-i-, from PIE root *kwezd- "a part, piece" (cf. Russian chast' "part"). Related: Pieces.
Sense of "portable firearm" first recorded 1580s; that of "chessman" is from 1560s. Meaning "person regarded as a sex object" is first recorded 1785 (cf. piece of ass, human beings colloquially called piece of flesh from 1590s; cf. also Latin scortum "bimbo, anyone available for a price," literally "skin"). Meaning "a portion of a distance" is from 1610s; that of "literary composition" dates from 1530s. Piece of (one's) mind is from 1570s. Piece of work "remarkable person" echoes Hamlet. Piece as "a coin" is attested in English from 1570s, hence Piece of eight, old name for the Spanish dollar (c.1600) of the value of 8 reals.
PIECE. A wench. A damned good or bad piece; a girl who is more or less active and skilful in the amorous congress. Hence the (Cambridge) toast, may we never have a PIECE (peace) that will injure the constitution. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
"to mend by adding pieces," late 14c., from piece (n.). Sense of "to join, unite, put together" is from late 15c. Related: Pieced; piecing.
[second sense, US underworld use since about 1930]