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a rift in the lute

A small problem or flaw in something that jeopardizes the whole. I hope this bit of rust isn't a rift in the lute and doesn't end up damaging the whole paint job.
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riffed

1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I can’t keep getting riffed every night like this.
2. and rift mod. fired; released from employment. (From rif, “reduction in force.” A dismissal not for cause, but simply to reduce the number of workers.) Most of the sales force was rift last week.
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rift

verb
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88 Ga) magmatic-oceanic component related to rifting that seems to be concentrated along the continental margin of the Superior craton and may have been related to a plume impinging on the underside of the rifted Superior lithosphere.
In both the Appalachian and Grenville examples, the outer continents were subsequently rifted away.