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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

slang Terminated from one's job due to a reduction in staff, often for budgetary requirements. Based on the acronym "RIF," which stands for "reduction in force." I can't believe I got riffed, after 30 years of loyal service! The unfortunate reality of this industry is that it's all too easy to get riffed every time the busy season winds down.
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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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Large-scale rifting events could play a previously unrecognized role in heating up the atmosphere and perhaps ending global ice ages.
Huismans and Beaumont present some vividly illustrated examples of the variety of both symmetrical and asymmetrical responses to variable lithosphere rheology and rifting velocity, and transformation from one form to the other during deformation.
A third paper (Cochran and Karner) discusses the transition from rifting to drifting in the Red Sea, concluding that rift systems that are characterized by large rotated fault blocks rarely lead to seafloor spreading, but may be left stranded alongside adjacent margins or survive as failed rifts.
Commencing about 750 Ma and lasting for at least 150 million years, global rifting was the overriding control on sedimentary basin formation, basin-fill stratigraphies and glaciation.
The nature and style of the earliest rifting is preserved in thick strata of the Wernecke Supergroup (ca.
Evidence of a major rifting and opening of an ocean is well preserved in the Humber Zone.
On the basis of the new evidence, the ODP scientists have embraced an alternative explanation, involving a process called -- not surprisingly -- passive rifting. According to this theory, the Indian plate broke because it was plled apart by horizontal forces from the far-off edges of the plate.
* Leg 103: By drilling in the Galicia margin off Spain, scientists on Leg 103 took an important stab trying to document the rifting process that tore apart Africa and Europe from North America 150 Myr ago as the Atlantic Ocean opened.
From previous cruises, which had not drilled as far as the recent cruise, scientists had assumed that rifting took about 10 million years.
According to Henry Mullins, a marine geologist at Syracuse University in New York, who first proposed this theory and who also participated in Leg 101, the rifting left both topographical highs and deep gulleys.