pull apart

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pull apart ‎(third-person singular simple present pulls apart, present participle pulling apart, simple past and past participle pulled apart)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see pull,‎ apart.
  2. to open something by pulling on various parts of it.
    For flee, the gorilla only needed to pull apart the jail bars.
  3. to become separated as a result of pulling
    A weak rope will pull apart.
  4. to separate two people or animals that are fighting
  5. to dismantle a machine or other mechanical device.
  6. (idiomatic) to rigorously investigate the basis of an idea or theory.
    Starting with a couple of inconsistencies, the detective began to pull apart his alibi.

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