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sever
used in The Old Man and the Sea

2 uses
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Definition
to split something into two unconnected parts — usually by cutting

or:

to break up or end a relationship; or to separate from something
  • ...and he drove the blade between the vertebrae and the brain. It was an easy shot now and he felt the cartilage sever.
sever = split in two
  • There were two from each bait he had severed and the two from the bait the fish had taken and they were all . connected After it is light, he thought, I will work back to the forty-fathom bait and cut it away too and link up the reserve coils.

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