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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.
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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]
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And, at the risk of acquiring a splintery backside, it would be no surprise to see a repeat on Saturday afternoon.
The former is represented by a huge pile of dark gray splintery shales showing frequently fine laminations and the later group which lies conformably above the Disangs with a gradational transition is represented by light brownish gray, fine to medium grained sandstones often interbedded with brown to dark gray shales.
Now that it had faded to a hybrid rose, the furnishings--rickety iron bed, splintery armoire, beige hooked rug, and spindly dresser--suggested probing insects resting indefinitely inside a flower.
When four lanes of the 405 Freeway have to slow down to 20 mph to negotiate the splintery pieces of a wooden pallet, it's going to radiate for miles and miles.
Particular attention was given to describing the failure surface, which ranged from splintery to brash.
The theme resurfaces time and time again in one form or another, with several tracks reflecting the film's icy setting with skittering synth and splintery slivers of sound.
Mingling music, text, and dance, the jumping-off point for Brazilian Claudio Bernardo's splintery 1993 trio Vas was Italian poet/filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini's unfinished last book.
Children ran to see you up close through splintery split-rail fences; men and women chopping cotton straightened up to watch you walk past.
But we also needed much more archive material of people like Rat Theatre who once created amazing pieces of improvised physical drama on the splintery floor of the performance space and drew fascinated customers.
It was getting damaged and splintery after years of windy winters, so two years ago the shelter was rebuilt.