Part of speech: noun

One who or that which cleaves; a butchers chopper.

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Usage examples "cleaver":

  1. He rushed forward and seized it in his arms, when, to his horror, the head slipped off and rolled on the floor, the body assumed a recumbent posture, and he found himself clasping a white dimity bed- curtain, with a sweeping- brush, a kitchen cleaver, and a hollow turnip lying at his feet! - "Humorous Ghost Stories", Dorothy Scarborough.
  2. Then yarns were interchanged, Captain Cleaver being the first to tell the story of his adventures. - "Annie o' the Banks o' Dee", Gordon Stables.
  3. Mr. Cleaver was a man of moderate fortune, who could be hospitable without pinching, and he was acquainted with the best Protestant society in Ireland. - "The Life of Froude", Herbert Paul.