English version

pull apart

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpull apart phrasal verb1 pull something ↔ apart to separate something into pieces Pull the meat apart with two forks.2 SAD/UNHAPPY pull somebody ↔ apart to make the relationships between people in a group bad or difficult His drinking pulled the family apart.3 pull something ↔ apart to carefully examine or criticize something The selection committee pulled each proposal apart.4 SEPARATE pull somebody/something ↔ apart to separate people or animals when they are fighting The fight ended only when the referee pulled the two players apart.5 if something pulls apart, it breaks into pieces when you pull on it pull→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
pull apartConcrete is extremely strong when compressed but has no strength at all when pulled apart.But I fear we are now being pulled apart - by commercial pressures and by the changes forced upon the broadcasting environment.Does the crust separate or pull apart from itself just under the dome?He succeeded in pulling apart my clenched arms and started on my legs.
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Verb table
pull
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theypull
he, she, itpulls
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theypulled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave pulled
he, she, ithas pulled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad pulled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill pull
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have pulled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam pulling
he, she, itis pulling
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you, we, theyare pulling
Past
I, he, she, itwas pulling
you, we, theywere pulling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been pulling
he, she, ithas been pulling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been pulling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be pulling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been pulling
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