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Round this a piece of leather is stretched and dressed with emery.

This piece, with the exception of a few lines, has appeared in the Athenaeum.

But I was proposing--I wanted to deed that piece of marsh to you boys!

Her mother had brought her a piece of seed-cake and a cup of milk with the cream on it.

I dismounted, and went forward to strike it with a piece of wood.

This consists in placing a piece of white paper in the oven.

The ribs and the loin cut in one piece are shown in Fig. 18.

From this piece are obtained the most desirable chops and roasts.

It was worth while going to Chteau-Chinon for the sight of such a piece of antiquity as that!

Even such a piece of information, however, hardly reassured us.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "fixed amount, measure, portion," from Old French piece "piece, bit portion; item; coin" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *pettia, probably from Gaulish *pettsi (cf. Welsh peth "thing," Breton pez "piece, a little"), perhaps from an Old Celtic base *kwezd-i-, from PIE root *kwezd- "a part, piece" (cf. Russian chast' "part"). Related: Pieces.

Sense of "portable firearm" first recorded 1580s; that of "chessman" is from 1560s. Meaning "person regarded as a sex object" is first recorded 1785 (cf. piece of ass, human beings colloquially called piece of flesh from 1590s; cf. also Latin scortum "bimbo, anyone available for a price," literally "skin"). Meaning "a portion of a distance" is from 1610s; that of "literary composition" dates from 1530s. Piece of (one's) mind is from 1570s. Piece of work "remarkable person" echoes Hamlet. Piece as "a coin" is attested in English from 1570s, hence Piece of eight, old name for the Spanish dollar (c.1600) of the value of 8 reals.

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