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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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In another chat between Yasin and Afeef, who was part of the splinter group, another breakaway member Shafi briefed Yasin about Iqbal Bhatkal getting into a scuffle with other members.
To wit, the splinter group represents fewer than one third of UNITE HERE'S total membership and is taking this action in blatant disregard of the law and the Union's Constitution.
Summary: Syrian government airstrikes against suspected ISIS positions in Deir al-Zor Wednesday killed nearly a dozen civilians, among them the brother of a physician being held by the Al-Qaeda splinter group, activists said.
An Al-Qaeda splinter group seized control of the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
TPC, founded Brajesh Ganju, is a splinter group of the Maoists, active in areas Chatra, Latehar and Ranchi.
A renegade splinter group of the Continuity IRA said in a statement it was responsible and tried to claim the dad of two - gunned down in Dublin on Monday - was in a drugs gang.
Those attacks, claimed by the Real IRA splinter group, also injured nobody.
The Racial Volunteer Force ( RVF) is described on Wikipedia, the internet encyclopedia, as "the a violent splinter group of the British neo-Nazi group Combat 18 with close ties to far right paramilitary group, British Freedom Fighters.
It was held to ransom by a splinter group of the recently-formed Sons of Shankly (SOS) fans' group.
Sherpao heads a splinter group of the Pakistan People's Party and has been on a hit list of al-Qaida and militant organizations.
The pressure group Real Fathers 4 Justice, a splinter group of the original Fathers 4 Justice group, claimed responsibility.
There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things.
The careers of Rennie Harris and Roko Kawai have diverged in interesting ways since they helped found Philadelphia's short-lived world dance and music ensemble, Splinter Group, in the early 1990s.
It was unclear, however, if officials would grant the demand of the Taliban splinter group threatening to kill the trio for a prisoner exchange, possibly involving inmates of the US prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.