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a rift in the lute

A small problem or flaw in something that jeopardizes the whole. I hope this bit of rust isn't a rift in the lute and doesn't end up damaging the whole paint job.
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1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I can’t keep getting riffed every night like this.
2. and rift mod. fired; released from employment. (From rif, “reduction in force.” A dismissal not for cause, but simply to reduce the number of workers.) Most of the sales force was rift last week.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee said the Western and Zionist intelligence services and media are trying to create a rift between the Shiites and Sunnis to change Muslims' war on Zionists to an infighting among Islamic sects.
Now, the land rifts are widespread in the area, but it is unclear when exactly they appeared.
LAHORE -- Pakistan cricket team manager, Naveed Akram Cheema has denied any rift between Pakistan T-20 Captain , Muhammd Hafeez and one day and test captain, Mishab ul Haq .
Islamabad, Mar 9 ( ANI ): Pakistan cricket manager Naveed Akram Cheema has clarified that there is no rift between Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and one-day, Test captain Misbahul Haq.
Regional geology and tectonics; phanerozoic rift systems and sedimentary basins; v.
Instead of magma cleanly forming fresh ocean crust, continental rifts often have a wide, messy zone where parallel valleys form, accompanied by spasms of eruptions and earthquakes.
A comprehensive review of the Newfoundland--Iberia rift, incorporating the results from the ODP Leg 210 drilled in 2003 in the Newfoundland Basin, is provided by Tucholke et al.
The Rifts pen-and-paper franchise has already brought pleasure to millions of RPG fans and its presence on the N-Gage platform with its endless hours of multiplayer action can only serve to make the Rifts brand even more popular.
The east coast of Lake Superior does fit that," as an area right on the eastern margin of a Mid Continent rift system.
Too often, Christian efforts at repairing the rifts are undermined by viewing Judaism in opposition to Christianity--its God hostile, its people stubborn and unenlightened, essentially "the evil to which Christianity offers the good.
The oldest evidence for widespread development of continental margins comes from the proliferation of continental rifts about 2 billion years ago.
Analyses of active rifts in East Africa, China, Siberia, the Gulf of Suez, and the Russian Arctic provide immediately implementable petroleum exploration applications in regions heavily targeted by oil & gas companies
Federal minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour was talking to media persons after visiting MPA Aurangzeb here on Thursday he said that there are certain powers, which had created rifts between Pakhtoon, and now they are again motivated to create rifts between Pakistan and America.
A general rule of plate tectonics is that such rifts must hook up to other plate boundaries, but researchers have had trouble tracing the connection of the East African rift.
It is between these propagating rifts that bookshelf faulting occurs, the researchers say.