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piece\ out
v
1. To put together from many different pieces; put together from odd parts; patch.

They pieced out a meal from leftovers.

He pieced out the machine with scrap parts.

The detective pieced out the story from a stray fact here, a clue there, and a hint somewhere else.

2. To make larger or longer by adding one or more pieces.

The girl grew so fast that her mother had to piece out her dresses.


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