splinter off (from something)

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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)

 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
References in classic literature ?
A few ingots toppled from the higher tiers, a single piece of the rocky ceiling splintered off and crashed downward to the floor, and the walls cracked, though they did not collapse.
A topic for my column for another day will be the discussion about bands that have splintered off into other incarnations, like Dennis DeYoung leaving Styx, Peter Cetera leaving Chicago and Burton Cummings leaving The Guess Who.
By the late 1970s, the PFLP had splintered off into different factions, and the destruction of Israel was the organization's only explicit goal.
Tory voters splintered off in many of the liberal, metropolitan-adjacent areas - Trafford, Stockport - that Cameron and Osborne had previously wooed.
In recent years, however, disgruntled factions have splintered off, some embracing gangsterism or terrorism.
Many of these isolated groups splintered off from larger, now-settled communities, and their cultures are familiar to anthropologists and other experts.
It used to be part of Muqtada Al-Sadr's Jaish Al-Mahdi but then splintered off. It was specially cultivated by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' special forces unit, the Al-Quds Force.
Neither DPS, Bulgaria's second-largest opposition force and the biggest ethnic Turk-dominated party, nor its new rival DOST (which splintered off the DPS) registered their own candidates.
As the group approached HSBC in Queen Street a small number of the march splintered off and went inside the bank.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Taliban movement used its position as a ruling group in Afghanistan to host members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group, from which ISIL splintered off. The Taliban became the dominant faction in Afghanistan and took over much of the country from warlords who ruled the country after overthrowing the Soviet-backed Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in 1992.
On Saturday evening, scores of protesters splintered off from the main rally to hurl bottles, metal barricades and various objects at police and their patrol cars, and to vandalize storefronts and other properties downtown, authorities said.
But in the video he praises Baghdadi, whose IS splintered off from Al Qaeda.
In his attempt to grapple with understanding the huiguan (regional or district association), he erred in thinking that Yo Hing's Hong Chow Company was a huiguan like the Kong Chow Company that splintered off from the See Yup Association (same as Sze Yup or, in pinyin transliteration, Siyi, "Four Counties/Districts") in 1891 Los Angeles.
Protesters who had been staying at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene splintered off into at least two different locations after their camp was broken up Wednesday evening.
Working under the auspices of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), Gilmour (only 17 years old) joined the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), a Socialist group that splintered off from the mainstream IRA in 1972.