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an amount of something that has been separated from the main part
He broke off a piece of bread and gave it her.
Cut off a piece of wood 5 cm in length.
His trousers were held up with a piece of string.
Would you like a small or a large piece?
cut/divide etc something into pieces
She cut the cake into four equal pieces.
Chop the potato into bite-sized pieces.
one of the parts that something divides or breaks into
a piece of broken glass
Individual pieces of text can be cut and pasted to their correct position.
The china dish lay in pieces on the floor.
His father had taught him how to
comes to pieces
divides into separate parts
for easy transport.
The shower head just
came to pieces
broke into separate parts
in my hand.
The fireplace was carefully dismantled
piece by piece
one part at a time
a single thing of a particular type, or something that is one of several similar things
Pass me another piece of paper.
You should eat three pieces of fruit a day.
She was wearing a single piece of jewellery.
You need to examine every piece of evidence first.
an excellent piece of work
a major piece of legislation
a piece of equipment
consisting of four, 60 etc separate parts
a five-piece band
two chairs and a
a small amount of something that is interesting, useful, or unusual in some way
piece of advice/information/gossip etc
Let me give you a piece of advice.
We're witnessing a piece of history in the making.
piece of luck/good fortune
It really was an extraordinary piece of luck.
an area of land
a piece of waste ground
a dispute about a piece of land
fall to pieces
to become old and in bad condition
All my clothes are falling to pieces.
They've let that lovely old house fall to pieces around them.
to no longer be successful or working well
The economy is falling to pieces.
go to pieces
if a person or what they do goes to pieces, they are so upset or nervous that they cannot live, work, or perform as they should
He just went to pieces after his wife died.
Her performance goes to pieces when her father is watching.
smash/rip/tear something to pieces
to damage something badly by breaking it into many parts
His arm was ripped to pieces by a shark.
Wear thick gloves, otherwise you'll tear your fingers to pieces.
pull/rip/tear somebody/something to pieces
to criticize someone or their ideas very severely
Donna could tear your work to pieces, and frequently did.
something that has been produced by an artist, musician, or writer
piece of music/writing/sculpture etc
some unusual pieces of sculpture
The LSO will perform a much-loved concert piece.
in a newspaper or magazine or part of a television or radio programme that is about a particular subject
Did you read that piece in the Observer about censorship?
on the earthquake.
in one piece
if you arrive somewhere in one piece, you are not injured
Cheer up. At least you're
still in one piece
Ring mum and let her know we
got here in one piece
give somebody a piece of your mind
to tell someone that you are very angry with them
After the game he gave the players a piece of his mind.
be a piece of cake
to be very easy to do
Landing this type of aircraft is a piece of cake for an experienced pilot.
be a piece of piss
to be very easy to do
a piece of the action
a share of the money from a business activity
And will foreign firms
get a piece of the action
be (all) of a piece
if the things someone says or does are all of a piece, they are part of the typical behaviour of that person
be (all) of a piece with
Sexist language is all of a piece with the way some men treat women.
to be the same or similar in all parts
The architecture here is all of a piece.
a coin of a particular value
ten pence/fifty-cent etc piece
Have you change for a 50-cent piece?
Robert slipped two gold pieces into the man's hand.
a small object used in a game such as
a small gun
be a piece of shit/crap
used to show that you do not respect someone or something they say
piece of ass
an offensive expression for a woman. Do not use this expression.
➔ how long is a piece of string?
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