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cannibalize

verb [T] uk (UK usually cannibalise)   /ˈkæn.ɪ.bəl.aɪz/ us  
to take parts from a machine or vehicle in order to make or repair another machine or vehicle: He bought an old engine and cannibalized it for spare parts.Tearing and breaking into pieces
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