That's a piece out of saved-up spare ends of breadths, left after some turn-round or make-over, I know!
You can try to piece out for yourselves what sort of stories they were.
The scoundrel let me have it a third time, and tore a piece out of my cheek; the pain of it was damnable.
An' then he gallops 'em home ag'in, because he's stole a piece out o' the arternoon.
"Bet yer a narf-pint 'e would 'ave a piece out of yer finger," persisted the sceptic.
They was stealing from the Master to piece out down at the quarters with.
Mental imagery helps to piece out the fragments that may be presented to sense-experience.
Once I cut a piece out of a newspaper that told how you could get rosy cheeks.
Then she bit Angiola's little finger so hard that she bit a piece out.
So I said, just to piece out my information, that I thought its name might be April.
c.1200, "fixed amount, measure, portion," from Old French piece "piece, bit portion; item; coin" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *pettia, probably from Gaulish *pettsi (cf. Welsh peth "thing," Breton pez "piece, a little"), perhaps from an Old Celtic base *kwezd-i-, from PIE root *kwezd- "a part, piece" (cf. Russian chast' "part"). Related: Pieces.
Sense of "portable firearm" first recorded 1580s; that of "chessman" is from 1560s. Meaning "person regarded as a sex object" is first recorded 1785 (cf. piece of ass, human beings colloquially called piece of flesh from 1590s; cf. also Latin scortum "bimbo, anyone available for a price," literally "skin"). Meaning "a portion of a distance" is from 1610s; that of "literary composition" dates from 1530s. Piece of (one's) mind is from 1570s. Piece of work "remarkable person" echoes Hamlet. Piece as "a coin" is attested in English from 1570s, hence Piece of eight, old name for the Spanish dollar (c.1600) of the value of 8 reals.
PIECE. A wench. A damned good or bad piece; a girl who is more or less active and skilful in the amorous congress. Hence the (Cambridge) toast, may we never have a PIECE (peace) that will injure the constitution. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
"to mend by adding pieces," late 14c., from piece (n.). Sense of "to join, unite, put together" is from late 15c. Related: Pieced; piecing.
[second sense, US underworld use since about 1930]