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piece

1. a length by which a commodity is sold, esp cloth, wallpaper, etc.
2. a literary, musical, or artistic composition
3. a coin having a value as specified
4. a small object, often individually shaped and designed, used in playing certain games, esp board games
5. any chessman other than a pawn
6. Austral and NZ fragments of fleece wool

piece

[pēs]
(ordnance)
An artillery weapon, a machine gun, a rifle, or any firearm.
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HORROR'S biggest names join forces for a gore-soaked look at the slasher film phenomenonin the feature-length documentary, Going to Pieces.
Sean Penn once came up to me and talked about the last scene in Heartbreakers [where Mancuso confronts Coyote as he's going to pieces in a diner].
When Detective Hamilton's drive-by shooting witness finally begins to talk, she describes her situation with phrases, such as "tremendous pressure," "I feel like I'm going to pieces," and "I can't come to grips with what's happening.