piece out

piece out  {v.}
1. To put together from many different pieces; put together from odd parts; patch.
They pieced out a meal from leftovers.
He pieced out the machine with scrap parts.
The detective pieced out the story from a stray fact here, a clue there, and a hint somewhere else.
2. To make larger or longer by adding one or more pieces.
The girl grew so fast that her mother had to piece out her dresses.
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