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
: to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force
: to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly
: to strain abnormally
: the act or an instance of pulling
: a draft of liquid
: an inhalation of smoke
: at a little distance
: away from one another in space or time
: as a separate unit : independently
: separate, isolated
: holding different opinions : divided
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