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take somebody/something apart

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtake somebody/something apart phrasal verb1 to separate something into all its different parts opp put together Tom was always taking things apart in the garage.2 to search a place very thoroughly The police took the house apart looking for clues.3 to beat someone very easily in a game, sport, fight etc4 to show that someone is wrong or something is not true Tariq takes several gay myths apart in his book. take→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
take apartI've assembled his biography brick by brick, just so I can have the pleasure of taking it apart.We stopped singing and took a step apart.You build these wee engines and take them apart.Because I had to take it apart afterwards and put all the pieces back where they were.One evening, some weeks later, l took the cube apart and could not get it back together again.The police took his house apart looking for possible clues after she vanished from a leisure centre car park.Room by room she was taking it apart, scrubbing and polishing it back into a real nice place.So he bought a mask and took it apart to figure out how it was made.
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Verb table
take
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theytake
he, she, ittakes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theytook
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave taken
he, she, ithas taken
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad taken
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill take
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have taken
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam taking
he, she, itis taking
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you, we, theyare taking
Past
I, he, she, itwas taking
you, we, theywere taking
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been taking
he, she, ithas been taking
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been taking
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be taking
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been taking
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