(third-person singular simple present pulls apart, present participle pulling apart, simple past and past participle pulled apart)
- Used other than as an idiom: see pull, apart.
- to open something by pulling on various parts of it.
- to become separated as a result of pulling
- A weak rope will pull apart.
- to separate two people or animals that are fighting
- to dismantle a machine or other mechanical device.
- (idiomatic) to rigorously investigate the basis of an idea or theory.
- Starting with a couple of inconsistencies, the detective began to pull apart his alibi.