piece

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noun

verb (used with object), pieced, piec·ing.

verb (used without object), pieced, piec·ing.

Chiefly North Midland U.S. to eat small portions of food between meals; snack.

Nearby words

  1. pie-dog,
  2. pie-eyed,
  3. pie-faced,
  4. piebald,
  5. piebaldness,
  6. piece by piece,
  7. piece de resistance,
  8. piece goods,
  9. piece of ass,
  10. piece of business

Idioms

Origin of piece

1175–1225; Middle English pece < Old French < Gaulish *pettia; akin to Breton pez piece, Welsh, Cornish peth thing

SYNONYMS FOR piece
1. section, segment, scrap, fragment. See part. 23. augment.

ANTONYMS FOR piece
1. whole.

Related formsmul·ti·piece, adjectiveun·pieced, adjective

Can be confusedpeace piece

Usage note

The meanings “sexual intercourse” and “sexual partner” are both vulgar slang. When referring to a person, the term piece is usually used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting.

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British Dictionary definitions for piece of ass

piece

/ (piːs) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also piece out

Word Origin for piece

C13 pece, from Old French, of Gaulish origin; compare Breton pez piece, Welsh peth portion

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Word Origin and History for piece of ass
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Idioms and Phrases with piece of ass

piece of ass

Also, piece of tail. Sexual intercourse, as in He was out for a piece of ass. [Vulgar slang; mid-1900s]

piece

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

also see:

  • 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
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