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My prefix prints

My infix expresses frustration

My suffix is often exclaimed

My whole goes one step at a time

Hint:

A word in the title is very helpful!

It is not worth a great deal

You could say that its friends have a greater degree of freedom than it does.

Big and last hint

It can also move two steps under special circumstances.

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I think the answer is:

PAWN

My prefix prints

An animal's PAW leaves a print on the ground.

My infix expresses frustration

AW can be an exclamation of disappointment.

My suffix is often exclaimed

WN is an abbreviation for "What now?!", something that might be exclaimed aloud.

The OP states in comments that their intention here was merely N, as a reference to "n!", the mathematical shorthand for a general factorial. 'Exclaimed' here is a reference to the use of an exclamation mark...

My whole goes one step at a time

In general, a PAWN moves just one space at a time across the chessboard (except of course for it's opening move, which may be 2 steps - hinted by the 4th clue). The 2nd and 3rd clue are references to the pawn being considered the least powerful piece on the board, considering that all other pieces can move in many more directions or over greater distances.

As for the title:

The 'pieces' mentioned are chess pieces!

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  • $\begingroup$ Finally...well done!! $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Sep 25 '20 at 8:26
  • $\begingroup$ But the suffix is referring to n factorial n!. $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Sep 25 '20 at 8:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Deepthinker101 Ah, okay - I'll edit that in... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Sep 25 '20 at 8:28
  • $\begingroup$ Also the title has a double meaning relevant to this puzzle as it refers to putting the puzzle pieces together and laying out the chess pieces on the board. $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Sep 25 '20 at 8:31
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I think you are

pressure

My prefix prints

press

My infix expresses frustration

ss - hissing noise

My suffix is often exclaimed

sure!

My whole goes one step at a time

stress/pressure

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice try but it is not the answer. HINT: The title is a clue too $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Sep 22 '20 at 13:23

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