there was a piecemeal taking back of what had been given.
They were not assailed by a great religious movement, but destroyed piecemeal by the revolt of tribes and districts.
Accurate statistics with regard to the area occupied in different forms of cultivation are difficult to obtain, both on account of their varied and piecemeal character and from the lack of a complete cadastral survey.
The account of the compound simply sets itself taken piecemeal as equivalent to itself taken as aggregate.
In September 1825 Ibrahim, at the order of the sultan, had joined Reshid before the town; piecemeal the outlying forts and defences now fell, until the garrison, reduced by starvation and disease, determined to hazard all on a final sortie.