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What does "pick up the pieces" mean?

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Rebecca

"Pick up the pieces" is a common idiom that means to restore one's life after something bad has happened. This idiom is almost as if you are starting again after a devastation of some kind. Ex: She had to pick up the pieces after her husband left her. Ex: I know this storm has destroyed your home and life, but we are here to help you pick up the pieces. Ex: I was able to pick up the pieces after he broke up with me.

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