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dis·man·tle / disˈmantl/ • v. [tr.] (often be dismantled) take to pieces: the engines were dismantled and the bits piled into a heap | fig. the old regime was dismantled. DERIVATIVES: dis·man·tle·ment n. dis·man·tler / -t(ə)lər/ n.

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dismantle †uncloak; divest, strip. XVII. — F. desmanteller (mod. démanteler); see DIS- 2, MANTLE.

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