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splinter off (of) (something)

 and splinter off (from something)
[for a bit of something] to tear off or separate from something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) A piece of wood splintered off of the oar and dropped into the water. A tiny bit splintered off and stuck in my hand.
See also: off, splinter

splinter group

A part of an organization that breaks away from the main body, usually owing to disagreement. For example, Perot's supporters at first constituted a splinter group but soon formed a third political party . This idiom alludes to the noun splinter, a fragment of wood or some other material that is split or broken off. [Mid-1900s]
See also: group, splinter
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She also recommends you pull the syringe quickly rather than doing it slowly and to try it a few times if the splinter is proving to be stubborn.
The last entry in the Tom Clancy franchise was 2013's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which was made available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Windows PC.
Following establishment of anesthesia, the wooden splinter penetrated within the anterior chamber of eye through cornea was located after local anesthesia.
The sources said that a committee headed by PMLN Rawalpindi Sardar Mumtaz Khan Basal and City President Sardar Nasim will be formed to end the differences between the splinter groups to bring them at a single platform.
If part of the splinter is sticking out, you can use tweezers to gently pull out the splinter.
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Splinter says the company would like to expand Skippy further and build incremental sales from the brand.
2 Squeeze the skin around the splinter to make the end stick out.
Pica8 is an innovative company on an exciting growth trajectory," said Splinter.
Fumihiro Joyu, who once served as AUM's spokesman, launched the splinter group Hikari no Wa in 2007.
Pauline asked, and Harry said it was the Cartoon Messiah, Jake Splinter killing his neighbour, Mr Gripes, because he was old.
He was hit by a splinter from a balsa-wood lance tip designed to break on impact with his shield.
Paul Anthony Allen died after a splinter went through the eye hole of his helmet, penetrating his eye and then brain, as the event was being filmed for Channel 4's Time Team programme.
Splinter is a familiar face at the agency, where he was administrator from 1994-99.
DESIGN company Splinter has been appointed to develop a new interactive exhibition display to promote the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.