pull apart

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

apart play
  1. : at a little distance

  2. : away from one another in space or time

  3. : as a separate unit : independently

  1. : separate, isolated

  2. : holding different opinions : divided


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