I have some question about the usage of the preposition "between" here:

At age 37 and with no children between them, Brown Hamilton and her husband decided to split.

I cannot find a dictionary definition that fits this usage of "between". Could it be wrong?

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    The first three dictionaries I checked had appropriate definitions. Oct 17, 2015 at 23:32

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It's definition 5 from here.

a. By the combined effort or effect of: Between them they succeeded.

b. In the combined ownership of: They had only a few dollars between them.

It means that there are no children that they have produced together or that they are both responsible for.


I'd say this is correct. I can't think of a word to directly replace between. Looking at http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/between, the children (if there were any) would link or connect the two parties.

Between is a word that can be used to define either what separates two parties, or what brings them together

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