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Related to splintering: shake off, To bring on, brought out

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
References in classic literature ?
There was a sharp cry and the splintering of glass.
A loud crack came out of her, followed by the tearing and splintering of wood.
Q When I use a rasp on a stock, I end up with a lot of splintering along the top edges of the stock and on the edge of the pistol grip cap.
The senior cleric urged all Lebanese to preserve their unity by blocking designs aimed at splintering the region into mini-states with Israel maintaining the upper hand.
Bush becomes a lame duck, and all the ingredients are there for a two-or three-way splintering of the party.
Into the 1850s, following the splintering of the abolitionist coalition, the black community's common cause for racial uplift shifted away from moral perfectionism to the value and quality of labor.