to pieces

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.


Nearby words

  1. to one's feet,
  2. to one's heart's content,
  3. to one's name,
  4. to oneself,
  5. to order,
  6. to rights,
  7. to save one's life,
  8. to say nothing of,
  9. to say the least,
  10. to some degree

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