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The rest they'll split up into several farms and rent for the present.

In this way the army was now split up into three divisions .

If he come around where any of the men was, they split up and sidled away.

"The country—what's left of it—has been split up into regions," the general said.

This veneer had come unloosened in many places and was split up.

You might split up some kindlin's for y'r aunts, and do whatever they want of ye.

I'll split up on the grub—I note from your kit that you camp nights.

“Split up into two sections,” commanded Johnny in a whisper.

Here they split up into various groups at some tables in the rear.

It was distant, but it split up the silence with a meaning that could not be denied.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Middle Dutch splitten, from Proto-Germanic *spl(e)it- (cf. Danish and Frisian splitte, Old Frisian splita, German spleißen "to split"), from PIE *(s)plei- "to split, splice" (see flint).

Meaning "leave, depart" first recorded 1954, U.S. slang. Of couples, "to separate, divorce" from 1942. To split the difference is from 1715; to split (one's) ticket in the U.S. political sense is attested from 1842. Splitting image "exact likeness" is from 1880. Split screen is from 1953; split shift is from 1955; split personality first attested 1919. Split-level as a type of building plan is recorded from 1952. Split-second first attested 1884, in reference to a type of stopwatch with two second hands that could be stopped independently; adjectival meaning "occurring in a fraction of a second" is from 1946.

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