Definition of take apart phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

take apart

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    take apart somebody

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    take apart something

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    take somebody apart

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    take something apart

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  1. 1to defeat somebody easily in a game or competition We were simply taken apart by the other team.
  2. 2to criticize somebody/something severely In his speech he took the opposition apart.
to separate a machine or piece of equipment into the different parts that it is made of synonym dismantle
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