Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) to take a machine or structure apart
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    • dismantle a car/engine/machine
  • Analysis
     The verb 'to dismantle' means to take something apart. You can dismantle machinery or structures in order to repair them or to reuse parts. This is a formal way of saying 'take apart', 'to breakdown' or 'pull apart'. The prefix 'dis' means 'apart' 'asunder' and 'away' however, although the prefix 'dis' is used 'mantle' refers to a cloak or a layer of the earth and does not mean 'to put together'. This verb is more often used in formal or professional contexts.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The mechanic dismantled the engine and removed the faulty pistons.
    2. I recommend that you dismantle the printing machine and sell it for parts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Part of the restructuring will involve dismantling some of the less productive departments.
    2. I have a few statistics which I think will serve to dismantle your argument.
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