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cleave 1

verb

  • 1 the axe his father used to cleave wood for the fire
    split, split open, crack open, lay open, divide, sever, splinter;
    cut (up), hew, hack, chop up, slice up, halve, bisect, quarter
    literary rend
    archaic sunder, rive
  • 2 Stan was away, cleaving a path through the traffic
    plough, drive, bulldoze, cut, carve, make
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    cleave 2

    verb

    Phrases

    cleave to
    literary
  • 1 her tongue clove to the roof of her mouth
    stick to, stick fast to, be stuck to, adhere to, cohere to, be attached to, bond to
  • 2 a state formerly criticized for cleaving too closely to Moscow's line
    adhere to, hold to, cling to, stand by, abide by, be loyal to, be faithful to, remain true to
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