There are 2 definitions of cleft in English:

cleft1

Line breaks: cleft
Pronunciation: /klɛft
 
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past participle of cleave1

adjective

Split, divided, or partially divided into two: a cleft chin
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  • Mostly, he saw Bert's fists moving rhythmically, seeming inexorably drawn to Marlon's cleft chin like magnets drawn to metal.
  • Painted five years earlier, the nine children of Friedrich Wilhelm Paul Leopold of Schleswig-Holstein each shared the dark eyes and cleft chin of their father.
  • Many orthopedic conditions, just like dimples or cleft chins, are just normal variations of human anatomy that don't require treatment.
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Phrases

be (or be caught) in a cleft stick

Be in a situation in which any action one takes will have adverse consequences.
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  • They're caught in a cleft stick situation where they either face being beaten up by dealers or arrested by the police for selling drugs.
  • But in fact the administration is in a cleft stick.
  • The general, adept in running with the hare and hunting with the hound, is now caught in a cleft stick.

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There are 2 definitions of cleft in English:

cleft2

Line breaks: cleft
Pronunciation: /klɛft
 
/

noun

1A fissure or split, especially in rock or the ground: the third peak is divided from the eastern one by a deep cleft
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  • The kraal had been ripped asunder, and the ground within the rock cleft and by the cave entrance was littered with dead sheep.
  • A thin cleft in the rock split the ridge like a wound.
  • There is an early legend that swallows and swifts hibernated in caves or clefts in the rocks.
Synonyms
split, slit, crack, fissure, crevice, chasm, opening, rift, break, fracture, rent, breach, gash; cranny, interstice, furrow, indentation; gap, hole, pit, void, crater
1.1A vertical indentation in the middle of a person’s forehead or chin: the enticing cleft in his chin
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  • He ran his thumb down the cleft of his chin, self-consciously, over a small vertical shaving nick on the cleft of his chin.
  • His deep Italian accent made him look all the more adorable as did the small mole left on the cleft of his dimpled chin.
  • The image of him was quickly fading from Kathleen's mind, but she remembered his firm chin, with a decided cleft down its middle.
1.2A deep division between two parts of the body.
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  • It is rare that tissue is needed from elsewhere in the body to close a cleft.
  • There is no nerve plexus in the clefts between these muscle layers.
  • He or she will feel for pulses behind your inside ankle bone or in the cleft between your big and next toe.
2 (also cleft sentence) Grammar 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.
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  • The first clause of a cleft sentence consists of It, a form of the verb be, and the focused item.
  • They weren't necessarily treating the construction itself as a cleft sentence.
  • Two explanations have been proposed for the formation of the Japanese cleft sentence.

Origin

Middle English clift: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kluft and German Kluft, also to cleave1. The form of the word was altered in the 16th century by association with cleft1.

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