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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEAVAGE

Mr. Carus-Wilson attributes this cleavage to unequal cooling of the mass.

But we cannot regard the cleavage of the tree as the same in character as that of the hayrick.

The planes of cleavage stand in most cases at a high angle to the bedding.

The cleavage of slates then is not a question of stratification; what then is its cause?

The cleavage of our hills is accidental cleavage, but this is cleavage with intention.

Still the line of cleavage was not patriotic nor even international.

The axillary branches in like manner showed traces of cleavage.

The cleavage of opinion, in fact, cut across the ordinary divisions of party.

The line of cleavage follows the grain, but a saw does not always do so.

If a cleavage has to come let us, at least, face every consideration.

WORD ORIGIN

1816, in geology, "action of splitting (rocks or gems) along natural fissures," from cleave (v.1) + -age. General meaning "action or state of cleaving or being cleft" is from 1867.

The sense of "cleft between a woman's breasts in low-cut clothing" is first recorded 1946, defined in a "Time" magazine article [Aug. 5] as the "Johnston Office trade term for the shadowed depression dividing an actress' bosom into two distinct sections;" traditionally first used in this sense by U.S. publicist Joseph I. Breen (1888-1965), head of the Production Code Administration (replaced 1945 by Eric Johnston), enforcers of Hollywood self-censorship, in reference to Jane Russell's costumes and poses in "The Outlaw."

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