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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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is attempting to create a first aid kit that is even better and more "Complete," by adding a splinter remover and blister breaker component to its Complete First Aid kit.
Carefully dispose of any meat that might contain carbon splinters.
If a barre gets splinters, a light sanding and dusting easily restores the surface.
Hiervan is Splinters (2004)--'n samestelling van 63 rubrieke wat die afgelope twintig jaar hoofsaaklik in die Potchefstroom Herald, maar ook in ander koerante en tydskrifte, verskyn het--'n goeie illustrasie.
1 and 2, 2004, the article entitled "The Matrix, Liberal Education, and Other Splinters in the Mind" was written by Christine Cornell and Patrick Malcolmson.
More broadly, as donor aid splinters, it scatters the time and attention of officials who ought to be focusing on broader or more persistent problems of governance.
Kostantinov a quarter of a century ago, yielded the remains of a cold fauna, and a transitional industry from the Middle to the Upper Palaeolithic, radiocarbon dated to 34 860 [+ or -] 2100 BP (SOAN 1522) on bones of woolly rhinoceros, and to 27 210 [+ or -] 300 BP (SOAN 1523) on a mixture of bone splinters.
Round off the edges and paint the board to prevent splinters.
It's a painless and easy way of getting splinters out.
In exceptional cases, he's made do with splinters, though he does not speak of them fondly.
Surprisingly, back then most toilet paper had splinters.
According to veteran gardener Allen, ``You need gloves to protect your hands from blisters, especially while raking, but they also protect you from splinters and dirty fingernails.
It was in her Splinters and Ashes (Shazaya wa Ramad), 1949 that al-Mala'ika explained her use of Hiawatha, the native American figure, as a poetic symbol.
Let's fix our bed it's in splinters and I want to stay all year.