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Topic: MECHANICAL

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: desmanteler, from mantel 'cloak'

dismantle

verb
     
dis‧man‧tle [transitive]
1TEM to take a machine or piece of equipment apart so that it is in separate pieces:
Chris dismantled the bike in five minutes.
2 to gradually get rid of a system or organization:
an election promise to dismantle the existing tax legislation
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