take apart


verb (tr, adverb)

to separate (something) into component parts
to criticize or punish severelythe reviewers took the new play apart

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Idioms and Phrases with take apart

take apart

1

Dismantle or disassemble, as in They had to take apart the stereo before they could move it. This usage was first recorded in 1936.

2

Examine thoroughly, analyze or dissect, as in The teacher embarrassed Tom by taking his thesis apart in front of the class. [Mid-1900s]

3

Beat up, thrash, as in You'd better be careful; those boys will take you apart. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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