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splinter group

A group, organization, or movement of people that separates or departs from a larger group due to having divergent ideas, ideology, goals, plans, etc. The splinter group consists of radicals who broke from the orthodox church to form a new ministry based on religious extremism. The group of politicians, lobbyists, and activists had the ambition of becoming a new political party, but they never grew into anything more than a minor splinter group that dissipated after the following election season.
See also: group, splinter

splinter off (from something)

1. To tear, chip, or break off from a larger piece or thing. Wood began splintering off around the bullet holes. The impact has caused a piece of bone to splinter off from your femur, and it will unfortunately require surgery to repair.
2. To separate or depart from a larger group with divergent ideas, ideology, goals, plans, etc. The group of radicals splintered off from the orthodox church and formed a new ministry based on religious extremism. We decided to splinter off from the main group so that we could focus our attention onto the matters we thought most important.
See also: off, splinter

splinter off (of) (something)

To tear, chip, or break off of a larger piece or thing. Wood began splintering off around the bullet holes. The impact has caused a piece of bone to splinter off of your femur, and it will unfortunately require surgery to repair.
See also: off, splinter

splinter up

1. To split or break into splinters. The door splintered up as the police officer began kicking it in.
2. To cause something to split or break into splinters. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "splinter" and "up." The bullets slammed into the desk, splintering it up.
3. Of a group, to separate into individuals or smaller groups. The committee grew so large and so complex that it eventually had to splinter up into smaller sub-committees.
4. To cause a group or people or things to separate into individuals or smaller groups. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "splinter" and "up." The country originally had just two political parties, but these were splintered up over the years. The trouble between my parents really splintered our family up.
5. old-fashioned To bind, support, or restrict something, especially a broken limb or digit, with a splint. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "splinter" and "up." The veterinarian splintered up the horse's leg with planks of wood. I splintered my busted finger up as best I could, but I knew it wasn't going to heal right unless I saw a doctor.
See also: splinter, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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She also recommends you pull the syringe quickly rather than doing it slowly and to try it a few times if the splinter is proving to be stubborn.
Following establishment of anesthesia, the wooden splinter penetrated within the anterior chamber of eye through cornea was located after local anesthesia.
Seasoned expert on militancy Rahimullah Yousafzai said, "At the moment the type of attacks and new trends shows that TTP or other splinter groups have weakened."
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Nick had his back turned when two of the Queen's heralds approached, trying to wheedle out a splinter that had gone between the joints of the harness.
They also inspected eight facilities of AUM's splinter group, called Hikari no Wa (Circle of Rainbow Light).
The Justice Ministry's Public Security Intelligence Agency on Friday inspected locations linked with a splinter group of the AUM Shinrikyo cult, Hikari no Wa (Circle of Rainbow Light).
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