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piecemeal

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Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
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Etymology

piece + Old English mælum (at a time), dative plural form of mæl.

Adjective

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  1. Made or done in pieces or one stage at a time.

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piecemeal (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

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  1. Piece by piece; in small amounts, stages, or degrees.
    • 1914 - Saki, The Forbidden Buzzards
      It’s as bad as selling a man a horse with half a dozen latent vices and watching him discover them piecemeal in the course of the hunting season.
  2. Into pieces or parts.
    • 1888 - The Whitehall Murder, Daily Telegraph (London), October 03
      A few years ago also there was the case of Kate Webster, who at Richmond murdered her mistress, and, fiend-like, cut the body up piecemeal, and tried to dispose of it in various ways by small portions.

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