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cleave
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The Winter's Tale
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  • …trespasses,— More monstrous standing by: whereof I reckon The casting forth to crows thy baby daughter, To be or none or little, though a devil Would have shed water out of fire ere done’t; Nor is’t directly laid to thee, the death Of the young prince, whose honourable thoughts,— Thoughts high for one so tender,—cleft the heart That could conceive a gross and foolish sire Blemish’d his gracious dam: this is not,—no, Laid to thy answer: but the last,—O lords, When I have said, cry Woe!

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as in: cleave through Define
to split something -- especially with violent force or: to cut through something
as in: cleave to Define
to hold firmly to something -- such as an object, a person or idea
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