- piece by piece; one piece at a time; gradually: to work piecemeal.
- into pieces or fragments: to tear a letter piecemeal.
- done piecemeal.
Origin of piecemeal
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Examples from the Web for piecemeal
The American edition retains the piecemeal lightness of the original experiment.Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One—Himself Included
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Luskin makes the best argument he can, of course, but it is piecemeal and speculative.The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution
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While a grand bargain is extremely unlikely, Wyden intends to keep pushing for piecemeal reform.The Senate’s New Taxman Won’t Be Controlled By His Own Party
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After all, if he is looking for a party of deference, compromise, and piecemeal reform he need look no further.We Are Radicals at Heart: A New History Gets America Wrong
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As a result, the entire season is piecemeal, with episodes devoted to each character.In Defense of ‘Arrested Development’
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Divide it and try to sell it piecemeal, and do not drown yourself.
Sometimes the limbs drop off, piecemeal or in their entirety.The Leper in England: with some account of English lazar-houses
Robert Charles Hope
The important point is to see that the process of socialization must be piecemeal and gradual.Socialism
She might as well make the noise all at once as to make it piecemeal.The Wrong Woman
Charles D. Stewart
He kept his word, and this piecemeal business of freeing the prisoners began.Chatterbox, 1905.
- by degrees; bit by bit; gradually
- in or into pieces or piece from pieceto tear something piecemeal
- fragmentary or unsystematica piecemeal approach
C13 pecemele, from piece + -mele, from Old English mælum quantity taken at one time
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Word Origin and History for piecemeal
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