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divide (something) by (something)

To divide something into a specified number of parts, which is stated after "by." OK class, now what is the answer when we divide six by two?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

divide something by something

 to perform mathematical division on something, using a particular number. Now, divide this sum by the figure in column seven. Can you divide
1. ,400 by 59?
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divide by something

to perform mathematical division by a particular number. Can you divide by sixteens? Add this figure to the next column and divide by twenty.
See also: by, divide
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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