cleave to (one)

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cleave to (one)

To have sex with one (typically a spouse) only, and no one else. I would never cheat on my husband—after all, I vowed to cleave to him until my dying day.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cleave to someone

to be sexually faithful, usually to one's husband. (Biblical. As in the traditional marriage ceremony, "And cleave only unto him.") She promised to cleave only to him for the rest of her life.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In distinct contrast to Malory and the older romancers, who say that Arthur's sons were born out of wedlock, Tennyson in his Idylls of the King makes Arthur a man of the highest morals, not only absolutely loyal to Guinevere but requiring that his knights " cleave to one maiden only.