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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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And the how to go about it that was revealed to me was about cleaving to people who are relevant to my life, business and leadership.
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At the end of Cleaving, Powell isn't compelled to tidy up the scrappy ends or even give the reader a clear sense of what is to come.
For semiconductor wafers cleaving is accomplished by placing a sharp pointed object on one side of the wafer and applying pressure at the opposite side starting the cleave.
Cleaving with remarkable consistency to the Balkans policy of its predecessors, the Bush administration has not opposed the rechristening of Albanian terrorist leader Ali Ahmeti as a "statesman." This duplicates the Clinton administration's feat of rechristening the leaders of the narco-terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) as "freedom fighters" and "democratic reformers."
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Striding, cleaving, plowing through space, Fenley is nothing less than invincible.
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"But the question is whether they are doing it for the purpose of cleaving other cells," he says.