splinter off

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
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For example, cooked bones can splinter off, which could lead to a punctured digestive tract.
The action intensifies in The Elf Wars as the elf factions splinter off to ally with Santa and his North-Pole guardians, or join the rebellious Rudolph.
We circle a much smaller roundabout, unsure which exit to take, we become more straggled, and eventually we splinter off with different groups going in various directions.
Disappointment, then, for the Cardiff docksman who asked Scott to bring back a splinter off the Pole.
There has been speculation that some workers unions will splinter off from the G.
The tolerance is there, while a wood like pine would splinter off if you tried that.
The panel will meet every month and it is expected members will splinter off into sub-groups, depending on their expertise, before reporting back to the Bishop of Liverpool, who is heading the group.
Historically, South Africa is not the first country to witness its "liberation" party splinter off into different factions.
This got to be so big that we decided to splinter off and do double good by finding something else to do on our own.
Whenever the action threatens to lag - or the creators lose interest in the through-line - things splinter off into an unrelated tangent.
The May amendment is designed to facilitate moves by parent companies to splinter off their highly profitable divisions or loss-making sections as independent third-party corporate entities.
Will this group, too, splinter off and form a new denomination (The Presbyterian Church in Canada That Welcomes Practising Homosexuals)?
Economic and political interest groups, such as the AARP, also began to splinter off the loyalty that had once belonged solely to political parties.
So the big question is: `Could the stars stand together if push came to shove, or would they splinter off.