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as in: cleave through Define
to split something -- especially with violent force or: to cut through something
  • The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
  • He scrambled back as the giant’s spear cleaved the ground between his feet.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero

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  • He stabbed his black blade into the floor, and it cleaved through the stone like butter.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The keen edge cleaved through the tough skin.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Anion was playing a dangerous game of tag, charging around the giant while Alyconeus swiped at them with his staff, knocking over walls and cleaving massive chasms in the ice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Precious Auntie did not see the kick that killed Baby Uncle, but she heard it, a terrible crack, like the opening of the earth when it was born. For the rest of her life she was to hear it in the breaking of twigs, the crackling of fire, whenever a melon was cleaved in the summer.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • May it soon cleave goblins once again!
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • This here Sethe talked about love like any other woman; talked about baby clothes like any other woman, but what she meant could cleave the bone.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • I sat up in bed, and my shadow fell across the body, seeming to cleave it in half between the hips and the shoulders, leaving only a black space.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Since Gandalf’s head is now sacred, let us find one that it is right to cleave!
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers

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  • What broke when he could bring himself to thrust down the knife into the warm flesh, to bring down the axe on the living head, to cleave down between the seeing eyes, to shoot the gun that would drive death into the beating heart?
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • the goblin was hard on his haunches; and (unskilful rider that he was!) he had much ado to maintain his seat; sometimes slipping on one side, sometimes on another, and sometimes jolted on the high ridge of his horse’s backbone, with a violence that he verily feared would cleave him asunder.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • I held my bloodied hands out to touch them and felt the cloven hooves of hairy animals.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • There were cloven hooves.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • The flesh cloven along the bones, the ligaments dried to tug and taut as wires.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • When Caspian awoke next morning he could hardly believe that it had not all been a dream; but the grass was covered with little cloven hoof-marks.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock
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as in: cleave to Define
to hold firmly to something -- such as an object, a person or idea
  • 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."
  • Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
    Genesis 2:23 (KJV)

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  • And this thy son’s blood cleaving to my blade
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 3
  • whatever I ought to have done, my duty now is plainly to love him and to cleave to him
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • We’re going to get to the office and make a call out to the Clave, okay?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He struggled against his thirst till his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth; then, no longer able to resist, he called out.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Con clave" literally meant "locked with a key."
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And they laughed, sporting in a circle of their foam: and the bark clave the waves.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • So King Pellinore gave him such a stroke upon the helm that he clave the head down to the chin, that he fell to the earth dead.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Sir Launcelot put his shield afore him, and put the stroke away of the one giant, and with his sword he clave his head asunder.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

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  • So King Pellinore gave him such a stroke upon the helm that he clave the head down to the chin, that he fell to the earth dead.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Then the lusts of the flesh, the longing for money, and the melancholy of passion all blended themselves into one suffering, and instead of turning her thoughts from it, she clave to it the more, urging herself to pain, and seeking everywhere occasion for it.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • 78:15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • 1:14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
    The Bible  --  Ruth
  • 34:3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • And when King Hurlame saw King Labor he dressed this sword, and smote him upon the helm so hard that he clave him and his horse to the earth with the first stroke of his sword.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • …were all to be calm, and of course Bert didn’t mean— But really, it was true; they had to be sensible, and how Mr. Arrowsmith could expect to support a wife— The conference lasted till nine-thirty, which, as Mr. Tozer pointed out, was everybody’s bedtime, and except for the five-minute discussion as to whether Miss Ada Quist was to stay to supper, and the debate on the saltiness of this last cornbeef, they clave faithfully to the inquiry as to whether Martin and Leora were engaged.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The Clave wants to see you.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • If anyone knew about this, we could be reported to the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • You are an arrow shot directly into the heart of the Clave, Jace.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • I was training with Jace, but then he had to go back to the Institute for some kind of Clave business.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • "Ah!" said Silas, who had now come to understand Dolly’s phraseology, "that was what fell on me like as if it had been red-hot iron; because, you see, there was nobody as cared for me or clave to me above nor below.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • He could come to Idris, but apparently he can’t get into Alicante without permission from the Clave, and they won’t give it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • She knew that technically she had broken no Laws, but she also knew the Clave was furious at her.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The Clave owes us protection in these circumstances.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The Clave’s called every active Clave member who can be spared back to Idris for a massive Council meeting.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Now it was out, and it had rocked the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The Clave’s called every active Clave member who can be spared back to Idris for a massive Council meeting.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Shadowhunter blood was dominant, and though the Council didn’t like it, they would accept partDownworlder children into the Clave as long as their skin could tolerate runes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "The Clave has its priorities," Alec interrupted.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Live to tell the Clave that Lilith has strengthened me beyond all measure.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • It seems the time has come to notify the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • And the Clave wants to meet Clarissa.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Clave meeting.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Thou sayest sooth, said Balin, this is not the first despite that thou hast done me, and therefore I will do what I came for, and rose up fiercely and clave his head to the shoulders.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Thou sayest sooth, said Balin, this is not the first despite that thou hast done me, and therefore I will do what I came for, and rose up fiercely and clave his head to the shoulders.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • The new Council members have made a lot of headway toward convincing the Clave to tolerate this sort of—
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • I hope the Clave can see through it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • It sounds like someone’s trying to shake up some of the more …. recalcitrant members of the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • For the Clave it’s about searching for Sebastian.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • But in the end the Clave was clear: The search will be kept up, but right now it’s a waiting game.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • In the meantime it’s third priority for the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "We were doing what the Clave wanted us to do before," said Isabelle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "The Clave can be like that," Isabelle said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • At last the Queen said, "You must think us powerful indeed if you believe the Fair Folk can succeed where the Clave has failed."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The Clave wants to find Sebastian.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "But the Clave questioned you," interrupted Simon.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I know the Clave isn’t terribly pleased, but I’m used to imagining her living her life, not contacting me.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • You know the Clave was investigating her—
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • But I’m Praetor, not Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
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  • Stephen bent forward and peered at the mirror held out to him, cleft by a crooked crack.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • From that hour I clove to Queequeg like a barnacle; yea, till poor Queequeg took his last long dive.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • You have got me in a cleft stick.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • He bore in his right hand a tallow candle stuck in the end of a cleft stick.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Through a cleft in those mountains which Jill had seen far inland as she approached the land, the sunset light was pouring over a level lawn.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Wonderful, Langdon thought as he stepped across the cleft, feeling an icy wind churn up from the depths of the shaft.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Coming to the opening they found that they had made their way down through a cleft in a high sleep bank, almost a cliff.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Fewer were they but they clove through the Southrons like a fire-bolt in a forest.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • The sun set over Hilton; the grey brows of the evening flushed a little, and were cleft with one scarlet frown.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Uncas answered the whoop, and leaping on an enemy, with a single, well-directed blow of his tomahawk, cleft him to the brain.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • The deep arroyo through which Squaw Creek wound was now only a cleft between snowdrifts—very blue when one looked down into it.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • " ’tis cleft-wood, that’s what ’tis," said Timothy Fairway.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Sharp cardboard corners poked into the cleft of his buttocks.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • You have a pronounced chin; I daresay there was a cleft in it.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • I plan to set up an ethnological research station along the Cleft.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Between Utgard and the line of mountains that formed the east side of Palancar Valley was a deep cleft.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Six soldiers rushed through the yawning cleft, followed by the two Ra’zac, who seemed to fill the room with their ghastly presence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • A year later, he had an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine concerning cleft palates.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Everything fit into place: the big cleft-tipped nose, the wide cheekbones, the thick white brows, the eyes set deep into the wrinkled fabric of skin.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The smell of coffee and clove cigarettes was overwhelming.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Then through the darkness I could see a sort of patch of grey light ahead of us, as though there were a cleft in the hills.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • They had stopped near a spring, in a clearing that was sparsely wooded with thin, scraggly trees, at the cleft of the canyon.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Meges Phyleides, the master spearman, closing with him, hit his nape: the point clove through his tongue’s root and against his teeth.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • We crossed the circle to the other bank, above a fount that boils and pours down through a cleft that proceeds from it.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • A slight cleft in his chin.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • He got off his horse, and, giving the bridle to Ring to hold, he commenced a search for the cleft where the stream ran.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • The low murmur of shallow water came up to him from a deep, narrow cleft.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Her tongue clove to the roof of her mouth and she seemed strangling.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Growing out of a cleft in the stone above the cave, a fig tree shaded its opening.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • The children she saw had all kinds of articulation problems, some because of physiological defects like cleft palates or tied tongues.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Clove arranging the knives inside her jacket.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • And her diminutive stature, at four and a half feet tall, is accentuated by a congenital cleft foot that causes her to limp.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Losing her was like being cleft down the middle.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The ogre sighed and reached for a clove of garlic, spying Max in the process.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • She is carrying a basket with an unplucked chicken, four lemons, and a brittle garlic clove.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Her tongue glistened within the cleft that split her upper lip.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • In a cleft of the mountain I found a stone of vast worth, which I sold in Hurdwar.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Finally, the cleft formed by the forefoot and heel should be deep enough to hide a large cash piece perpendicularly within its folds.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • They didn’t seem to make any smoke, but the air smelled good, like a marketplace for spices—cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and others I couldn’t identify.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree.
    James Hurst  --  The Scarlet Ibis
  • So the cleft between the white and black South grew.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • I didn’t realize how much Cara had already cleaved to the idea of being an Allegiant, loyal to the faction system, loyal to our founders.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Sure enough, five women staggered along on mismatched legs—mechanical bronze on the left, shaggy and cloven-hooved on the right.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Are you sure this is clove?
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The face of the butcher’s boy swam up before his eyes, cloven almost in two, and afterward the king had said not a word.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • The mouth of the cave was a cleft in the rock barely wide enough for a horse, half concealed behind a soldier pine.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • The Titan’s Daughter cleaved through the grey-green waters on billowing purple wings.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • His face is too narrow, and he has that cleft in his chin.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Halfway up, between the weirwoods, that cleft in the rock.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Never was ordinary conversation cleft by such hiatuses, such prolonged and unembarrassed moments of ruminant non-speech.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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