- one of the figures, disks, blocks, or the like, of wood, ivory, or other material, used in playing, as on a board or table.
- (in chess) a superior man, as distinguished from a pawn: to take a rook, a bishop, and other pieces.
- a soldier's rifle, pistol, etc.
- a cannon or other unit of ordnance: field piece.
- Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a person, usually a woman, considered as a sexual partner: He finally got himself a piece of ass.
- sexual intercourse: He's always looking for piece of ass.
verb (used with object), pieced, piec·ing.
verb (used without object), pieced, piec·ing.
- to break into fragments.
- to lose control of oneself; become emotionally or physically upset: When he flunked out of medical school he went to pieces.
Origin of piece
SYNONYMS FOR piece
Related formsmul·ti·piece, adjectiveun·pieced, adjective
Can be confusedpeace piece
The American colloquialism wanna get a piece of me? (a challenge to a fight) dates back to 1953; piece in the derogatory sense “girl or woman (regarded as a sex object)” dates back to the 16th century; piece of ass to 1857; and (nasty) piece of work dates from the 18th century.
British Dictionary definitions for of a piece
- a firearm or cannon
- (in combination)fowling-piece
- a slice of bread or a sandwich
- a packed lunch taken to work, school, etc
- (of a person) to lose control of oneself; have a breakdown
- (of a building, organization, etc) to disintegrate
Word Origin for piece
Idioms and Phrases with of a piece (1 of 2)
of a piece
Also, all of a piece. Of the same kind, as in This legislation is of a piece with the previous bill, or Her rude behavior was all of a piece. The piece in this idiom alludes to a single mass of material. [Early 1600s]
Idioms and Phrases with of a piece (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with piece
- piece by piece
- piece of ass
- piece of cake
- piece of change
- piece of one's mind
- piece of the action
- piece together
- all in one piece
- conversation piece
- go to pieces
- museum piece
- of a piece
- pick apart (to pieces)
- pick up the pieces
- puff piece
- say one's piece
- think piece
- thrill to pieces
- to pieces
- villain of the piece