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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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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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Mr Cleaves said the land was being given "unfettered", with the flexibility to deliver a giant building or something smaller, dependent on requirements.
Cleaves said, 'This is a fabulous opportunity to help shape the future of the payments industry in the UK and I look forward to putting all my energy, experience and knowledge to good use in the role...I look forward to building on this success to help guide the payments industry through the transition to a new regulatory environment.'
Cleaves said Tube Lines had estimated that the work will cost 4.35 billion [pounds sterling].
The more grown-up Cleaves speaks through Drinking Days and Sinner's Prayer, which features the resonant line: 'I'm not livin' like I should, I used to be a better man.'
LUXURIOUS: Toni Cleaves and Jon Cosson relax at their new Bellway apartment in Cardiff Bay
"The trouble with you, doctor, is that you have sprained your brain.'" (1) This diagnosis was pronounced to Margaret Cleaves in the early 1890s in response to the more or less chronic symptoms she was exhibiting: Persistent fatigue, insomnia, "stress and strain," attacks of fear and anxiety, all aggravated by an injury to the trunk which caused neuritis and pain, and culminating in difficulties with her hearing that were deemed "auditory fatigue" (AoaN, 78), the exhaustion of her "sound centre" (AoaN, 79).
Nusrat Ghani with BMet principal Andrew Cleaves and rail engineering students at the site of the college's new rail track
Mr Cleaves, who has been managing director of National Express' coach business for two years, said it was important that local authorities and LEPs work together more closely to deliver Birmingham's transport priorities.
Sing Out magazine says Cleaves' songs are `populated with people desperately trying not to slip over the edge.' American Songwriter says he `writes with the clarity of John Prine and the vivid imagery of Bob Dylan.'
Platelet treatment with mocarhagin, a cobra venom metalloproteinase that cleaves GpIba, significantly reduced aggregation induced by 5 mM without affecting the response to other agonists such as adenosine diphosphate (ADP).
Lustmord cleaves to both an antiquated past and a technological future.
Birmingham Metropolitan College principal Andrew Cleaves said at the time: "(We) put forward a solid proposal to the Skills Funding Agency (and) we are very surprised and disappointed by the out- come."
Drawing on his extensive experience in the sector Andrew Cleaves will assume responsibility for transport on the LEP board and replaces David Kaye.
To provide this service, heparanase cleaves a carbohydrate called heparan sulfate, one of the components of tough organic sheets located throughout the body.
BMET currently trains more than 500 apprentices across its campuses in Birmingham, the Black Country and Kidderminster in a variety of roles and subject areas, including dental, engineering, construction, business administration, customer service and Andrew Cleaves | health & social care, amongst others.