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split

2 noun
     
split2 [countable]
1

tear

a tear or crack in something made of cloth, wood etc
split in
a long split in the sleeve of his coat
2

disagreement

a serious disagreement that divides an organization or group of people into smaller groups [= rift]
split in/within
The argument could lead to a damaging split in the party.
a deep split within the government
split between
a split between the radicals and the moderates within the group
split over
The union is desperate to avoid a split over this issue.
3

dividing something

the way in which something, especially money, is shared between several people:
In a publishing deal, the average split used to be 50:50 between writer and publisher.
three-way/four-way etc split (=when something is shared equally between three, four etc people)
a three-way split in the profits
4

separation

informal a clear separation or difference between two things
split between
the traditional split between the state and church
5

do the splits

DSO to spread your legs wide apart so that your legs touch the floor along their whole length

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