1. reduce to pieces, argue against or be overly critical
pull/take sth apart to find the problem
To 'pull something apart' means to pull it into pieces or sections. 'Pull apart' is often used with food. "She pulled the meat apart from the bone with ease. It was cooked to perfection." To 'pull apart' also means to separate or break something into pieces or parts. "He pulled the house apart looking for his keys." It can also be used figuratively. "HIs addiction pulled the family apart." You can also 'pull apart' people or animals in order to prevent a fight. "The police pulled them apart before they could hurt each other." Similar in meaning to 'tear apart.' If you 'take apart' something it means you separate it into to the different parts it is made of. "I will have to take the PC apart to see what the issue is." " When you 'take apart' an argument or an idea you analyse it carefully and expose any weak part of the argument or incorrect facts.