Definition of take apart phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

take apart

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    take somebody/somethingapart

    (informal)
     
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  1. 1 to criticize someone or something severely In his speech he took the opposition apart.
  2. 2 to defeat someone easily in a game or competition The Tigers took them apart last night.

take somethingapart

 
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to separate a machine or piece of equipment into the different parts that it is made of synonym dismantle
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: take apart