pull apart

phrasal verb
pulled apart; pulling apart; pulls apart

Definition of pull apart

1 : to be separated into parts or pieces by pulling The rolls pull apart easily.
2 : to separate or break (something) into parts or pieces She pulled the rolls apart with her hands. sometimes used figuratively His gambling problem is pulling the family apart.
3 : to separate (people or animals) in order to stop a fight Customers stepped in and pulled the two men apart.

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“Pull apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pull%20apart. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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