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Cleave versus cleave

Posted by Bookworm on January 10, 2003

In Reply to: Cleave versus cleave posted by Shirls on January 10, 2003

: Does anyone know why the word cleave has opposite meanings? A man and wife cleave together, yet a cleaver will split a thing apart.
: I suspect it is something to do with different roots of the word, but would like an explanation if possible.
: Many thanks
: Shirls

This has been discussed before.