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cleft1 British & World English

past participle of cleave.

cleft2 British & World English

A fissure or split, especially in rock or the ground

cleft English Thesaurus

a deep cleft in the rocks

cleft in cleave1 British & World English

Split or sever (something), especially along a natural line or grain

cleft lip British & World English

A congenital split in the upper lip on one or both sides of the centre, often associated with a cleft palate

cleft palate British & World English

A congenital split in the roof of the mouth

pseudo-cleft British & World English

A sentence which resembles a cleft sentence by conveying emphasis or politeness through the use of a relative clause, such as what we want is money representing we want money

be in a cleft stick British & World English

Be in a situation in which any action one takes will have adverse consequences

cleft sentence in cleft2 British & World English

A sentence in which an element is emphasized by being put in a separate clause, with the use of an empty introductory word such as it or that, e.g. it’s money we want; it was today that I saw him; that was the King you were talking to

be in a cleft stick in cleft1 British & World English

Be in a situation in which any action one takes will have adverse consequences

pseudo-cleft sentence in pseudo-cleft British & World English

A sentence which resembles a cleft sentence by conveying emphasis or politeness through the use of a relative clause, such as what we want is money representing we want money

be or be caught in a cleft stick in cleft1 British & World English

Be in a situation in which any action one takes will have adverse consequences