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cleave — as in:  cleave through

The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
to split something — especially with violent force


to cut through something
cleave — as in:  cleave to

The New Testament quotes the Old Testament twice in saying, "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to this wife, and they become one flesh."
to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
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