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pull someone apart

 
1. Lit. to separate people who are entangled. The teacher pulled the fighting boys apart and sent them home. They hugged each other so tightly that no one could have pulled them apart.
2. Fig. to upset someone very much; to cause someone grief and torment. This whole terrible affair has just pulled me apart. Don't let this matter pull you apart. Things won't always be this bad.
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pull someone or something apart

to separate or dismember someone or something. The murderer pulled his victim apart and sought to dispose of the parts. He pulled apart his victim. Nick pulled the parts of the box apart.
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pull apart something

also pull something apart
to examine all the parts of something in order to understand it We spent the afternoon pulling apart the figures supplied by the research team.
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pull apart

v.
1. To pull pieces or components from something; take something apart: I pulled the computer apart and replaced some damaged chips. Our dogs pulled apart the couch while we were away.
2. To separate some people or things: The teacher pulled apart the fighting students. I pulled the two stuck pages apart.
3. To cause someone deep emotional turmoil: Her guilt was pulling her apart.
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Again, pull apart his eyelid, then have your friend give the eye a good long squirt of saline solution.
The puzzle pieces--or plates--move slowly; But they continually collide with each other or pull apart.
A foolproof method for cooking almost any green, and a good way to get to know how to cook the different varieties, is to rinse, remove any tough stems, then pull apart the leaves into hand-sized pieces.
Just as the breweries were broken up following the good work of CAMRA (to take a small example) we need to pull apart these large empires.
Try This: Pull apart a pinecone or some other kind of evergreen cone.
Then, for five minutes, before a riveted audience, the pair lock arms, shove one another away, embrace, attack, cuddle, pull apart.
According to Freedman, the reason he and his colleagues have been so successful so far is because they try to focus on doing their job and meeting the budget, instead of joining in the political squabbles that often pull apart co-op boards and management agents.
Features 15 major bones that connect and pull apart with snap fasteners.
I'd prefer if they would telescope shorter or pull apart for stashing more easily on a backpack when necessary.
At such sites, called mid-ocean ridges, two plates pull apart and molten rock wells up from beneath to form new plate material.
What takes pounds 60million to put together - and just a few months to pull apart.
A new Extreme Duty armored cable, with a pull apart switch, has been developed for applications in securing tractors, golf carts, or any wheeled vehicle stored outside.
Incidentally, while you're mulling over the menu after being seated, the waiter will bring out a nicely warmed roll, almost sliced through, making it easy to pull apart, and a saucer of Bolivia's famous fiery Andean chile salsa called ``aji.
As the plates pull apart, they open up a crack that allows lava to rise from inside Earth.
When the cell divides, the centrosomes pull apart the duplicate sets of chromosomes evenly; thereby making sure each new cell gets its proper complement of DNA.