1 bit, morsel, scrap, chunk, hunk, sliver, lump, portion, particle, fragment, shred, shard or sherd, remnant, quantity:
All the beggar wanted was a piece of bread. A piece of shrapnel is still embedded in my arm
2 wedge, slice, serving, helping, portion:
You may not have a piece of pie till you've eaten your vegetables.
3 share, portion, fraction, part, division, segment, section, interest, holding, percentage, proportion:
It turned out that a piece of the company had been sold without shareholders' approval
4 (short) story, article, essay, report, theme, draft; poem; music, opus, (musical) number, composition, arrangement, tune, melody, song, air, jingle, ditty; production, play, drama, sketch, show:
I read that piece about cholesterol in yesterday's paper. He wrote a piece for the flute. Which piece by Strindberg will you put on next?
5 man, token, chessman, chess-piece, chequer, Brit draughtsman:
Once you have touched a piece you must move it.
6 go to pieces. fall apart, disintegrate, crumble, shatter; be shattered, be upset, be disturbed, have a nervous breakdown, go out of or lose control, break down, Colloq crack up:
Another earthquake and this wall will go to pieces. At the news of his son's death, Joe simply went to pieces
7 in pieces. smashed, destroyed, ruined, shattered, broken, in smithereens, smashed:
The vase lay in pieces at my feet. Though I had won the case, my life was in pieces
8 of a piece (with). similar, similarly constituted, alike, of the same sort or kind or type, uniform, the same, part and parcel (of the same thing), identical; in harmony, in agreement, harmonious, in keeping:
This book is of a piece with the others in the same series. All his paintings are of a piece.
9 piece of cake. Colloq snap, cinch, US and Canadian lead-pipe cinch, breeze:
The French exam was a piece of cake.
10 piece of (one's) mind. Colloq scolding, rebuke, lecture, reprimand, tongue-lashing, chiding, rap over or on the knuckles, Colloq hell, what for, dressing-down, US bawling-out, chewing-out:
She gave him a piece of her mind about the amount of time he spent in the pub
11 piece of the action. share, portion, interest, stake, percentage, holding, quota:
For $1000 you can have a piece of the action.
12 speak (one's) piece. have (one's) say, express (one's) opinion, say what is on (one's) mind; vent (one's) spleen, Colloq get a load off (one's) mind or chest:
All were given a chance to speak their piece.
13 piece together. assemble, put together, connect, gather, compose; fix, unite, restore, mend:
We pieced together what happened from the witnesses' accounts. You'll never be able to piece together the bits of that lamp.