Both Uses of
Antony and Cleopatra
- Wars 'twixt you twain would be As if the world should cleave, and that slain men Should solder up the rift.†
- O, cleave, my sides!†
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(cleave as in: cleave through) to split or cut through somethingeditor's notes: Ironically, this word can mean to split in two or to hold together.
Note that you may see cleaved, cleft, clove, or cloven as the past tense of this sense of cleave.