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take apart
transitive verb phrase
1. (to dismantle) 
a. desmontar 
The mechanic had to take the engine apart before he found the fault.El mecánico tuvo que desmontar el motor para poder encontrar la falla.
b. desarmar 
You learn a lot about a rifle by taking it apart and putting it together again.Se aprende mucho sobre un rifle al desarmarlo y volverlo a armar.
2. (colloquial) (to defeat) 
a. hacer pedazos (colloquial) 
The Lions took us apart the last time we played them.Los Lions nos hicieron pedazos la última vez que jugamos contra ellos.
3. (colloquial) (to search thoroughly) 
a. registrar de arriba abajo 
Two police officers took the place apart looking for the documents.Dos policías registraron la casa de arriba abajo en busca de los documentos.
4. (to take down) 
a. destrozar (arguments) 
Paige was a skilled debater, and soon took her opponent's arguments apart.Paige brillaba en los debates, y pronto destrozó los argumentos de su rival.
5. (to criticize severely) 
a. acabar con 
The press took the senator apart over his role in the scandal.La prensa acabó con el senador por el papel que jugó en el escándalo.
take apart
transitive verb
1. (machine, engine) 
a. desmontar 
2. (argument) 
a. destrozar 
take apart
transitive verb
1 (dismantle) [+clock, machine] desmontar; desarmar
2 (destroy) [+room, premises] destrozar; (defeat) [+opponent, team] dar una paliza a (informal)
I'll take him apart! ¡le rompo la cara!
3 (search)
the police took the place apart la policía registró el local de arriba abajo
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
it takes apart easily se desmonta fácilmente
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