- to disassemble: to take a clock apart.
- Informal. to criticize; attack: She was taken apart for her controversial stand.
- to subject to intense examination: He will take your feeble excuses apart.
British Dictionary definitions for take apart (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for take apart (2 of 2)
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
Word Origin for apart
Word Origin and History for take apart
Idioms and Phrases with take apart (1 of 2)
Dismantle or disassemble, as in They had to take apart the stereo before they could move it. This usage was first recorded in 1936.
Examine thoroughly, analyze or dissect, as in The teacher embarrassed Tom by taking his thesis apart in front of the class. [Mid-1900s]
Beat up, thrash, as in You'd better be careful; those boys will take you apart. [Slang; mid-1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with take apart (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with apart
- apart from
- come apart
- fall apart
- pick apart
- poles apart
- set apart
- take apart
- tear apart
- tell apart