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She severed an artery.
  to split something into two unconnected parts — usually by cutting


to break up a relationship; or separate from something
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  • She severed an artery.
  • She plans to sever the relationship.
  • ...and he drove the blade between the vertebrae and the brain. It was an easy shot now and he felt the cartilage sever.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • Does this mean I’ll have a severed head in the afterlife, I wonder stupidly.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • I hate both of my parents right now: for sitting quietly in our house, while out in the darkness my heart was beating away all of the seconds of my life, ticking them off one by one until my time was up; for letting the thread between us stretch so far and so thin that the moment it was severed for good they didn’t even feel it.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • "Charge Jorge again and I’ll sever an artery."
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • They fix it by replacing a severed spine with the spine of an Unwind.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Instinctively the faerie raised her shield to block the knife—which sailed past her head, and severed the cord holding a pair of scissors to the roof above.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • It was as if Jed had been some kind of link they all shared, and now that it had been severed, his followers were confused and unable to function.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Razor’s target was the smallest thing that is the sum of all things, his bullet the sword that severs the chain that bound me.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • She would insist that her parents sever any connection to him.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Ayesha told us how one day on the way home from Sangota she had seen a Taliban holding up the severed head of a policeman by its hair, blood dripping from the neck.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The moment their connection was severed, they let out a scream so powerful it generated its own wind.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • His expression couldn’t have been more horrified if he had found me carrying a freshly severed head.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • An older man, whom I recognized as a retired physician from the county hospital, was urging him to lie back, to hold still so he could make certain the main artery hadn’t been severed, but Mr. Hickey saw me then and tried to rise, reaching out toward me, moaning, "Don’t anyone touch me!
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I don’t like to think about it, but I suppose the other angel sawed through joints, severing bones away from the rest of him.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • She still didn’t understand why they’d had to downgrade just because her father had made the unusual and mortifying decision to sever his marriage contract and move out.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • I started mentally preparing a list of herbal remedies for regenerating severed limbs, but to my surprise, the peach baby did not bite off Meg’s hand.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • A few more slices of Grave’s blade and the rope would be severed entirely.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Then I saw the severed treetops and the rough path cut through the brush.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • It fell and broke neatly into two pieces, stem severed from body.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • If you slice off part of most established plants—this mature plant can be thought of as the parent—and you nurture this severed portion, it will grow.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • He was lying on his stomach in the ditch; his left arm lay severed two feet away.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Not even Denny was the type to disappear off the face of the earth, or sever all contact, or stop speaking—or not permanently, at least.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Mom had her elbows flat on the tabletop and both hands up under her chin, like she was holding her own severed head.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • He assured my mom that the odds were in my favor: I was young, in great physical shape, the cut had been direct rather than a ragged tear, and my calmness had kept my heartbeat slow enough to keep the severed artery from quickly draining my blood supply.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • He would just be getting into the juicy details of cell replication when his sister would pick up the phone and sever the connection.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Biology smells like formalin and old fruit; it is loaded with heavy cool jars in which float things she has only had described for her: the pale coiled ropes of rattlesnakes, the severed hands of gorillas.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • All that history and its importance gets detached, floats away like a severed balloon.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • When I was severed from the school, I knew I had lost a relationship of infinite and timeless value, and one that I would never know again.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Saw much of the work I had done in the way of severed limbs, decapitated bodies, and mutilated remains of all kinds.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I pace among the severed arms and hollow feet, drinking blackness.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • A severed pile of dreadlocks fell to the floor along with something else—a large fleshy thing lying in a pool of golden ichor.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I seem to recall there was a man who was so confused by being called repeatedly by the wrong name that he accidentally dropped a knife on her little foot and severed one of her toes.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • He wasn’t, and legend reports that as his severed head rolled from the block, it spoke, saying, "Mary, lift ye my head."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Usually she wanted to leave her mother, to sever ties entirely.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • And Branna would do anything to sever whatever link he might have with you, so you’d be free of it.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • It’s like saving a severed limb or something."
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • My hand jerks, the shears snap shut, severing the stem.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • No one could be so cruel as to sever such a deep bond.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • When he got up to it he saw that it was a human hand severed at the wrist.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Father said he must have been a fighting dog at one point because someone had severed his ears and his tail.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Part III Into the Fire Beauty is that Medusa’s head Which men go armed to seek and sever.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Jem sat from after breakfast until sunset and would have remained overnight had not Atticus severed his supply lines.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Then why those severed arms and legs and those dead men?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Another, assaulted by someone wielding a machete atop the trains, arrived with the ligaments in his right hand severed.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Obviously, whatever thin connection we’d foolishly formed has been severed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • There was no click, as when you hung up a phone; Clary just sensed a severing of their connection, as if a cord had been cut inside her head.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • They also tried to make it work in the basement, for Max, but there was nothing but static and severed voices in the speakers.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • My hand stopped tingling and began to go numb, quickly, as if my nerves were suddenly severed somewhere on my lower arm.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
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