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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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EAR is the world's largest active continental rift and is comprised through distinct western and eastern sectors.
Our ground may be shifting literally but we remain clueless and, therefore, exposed to adversities that we might not be able to deal with.Geologists postulate that the Rift Valley was a consequence of tectonic changes millions of years ago, which process seems not to have ended.
At that time, the weak plate rifted and formed a trough, a relatively common occurrence in young oceanic lithosphere.
Meyer, describing a set of experiments that concentrated scores of portable seismic recorders along the rift in an effort to get a snapshot of its hidden structures.
During the Eocene epoch, a long rift cleaved the plate and cut off its northern section, which held the Broken Ridge part of the plateau.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee said the Western and Zionist intelligence services and media are trying to create a rift between the Shiites and Sunnis to change Muslims' war on Zionists to an infighting among Islamic sects.
The two branches of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa may have formed over a longer period than previously thought, according to new research published in Nature Geoscience.
In 2005, two volcanic eruptions which unzipped in just days created 60 Kilometers Long rift across the north eastern desert ground of Ethiopia.
The notion that rifted continental margins consist of thinned, extended continental crust abutting normal oceanic crust was dispelled years ago, nowhere more emphatically than in studies of the Iberian margin, where serpentinized peridotite was discovered intervening between extended continental crust and oceanic crust.