Into fragments, disorganized, or confused, as in I tore his argument to pieces. This metaphoric term has been so used since about 1600. Also see go to pieces; pick apart (to pieces); thrill to pieces.
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How to use to pieces in a sentence
“But one can make nothing but nasty tumble-to-pieces things,” objected Kate.Countess Kate | Charlotte M. Yonge
Cantrell and Garrison and Cater were absent, and one or two others, and the first squad had a sort of shot-to-pieces look.Full-Back Foster | Ralph Henry Barbour
Only once before in my whole life have I ever had such a gone-to-pieces feeling.Georgina's Service Stars | Annie Fellows Johnston