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Related to splintering: shake off, To bring on, brought out

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.
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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]
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Splintering and tying would not be so pernicious if most projects were well-targeted to areas where the recipient country has both a need for funding and a capacity to use it effectively.
Patton's study is not for the general reader, but more effort should have been made to explain the significant events, organizations, and programs that influenced the regulation and disciplining of industrial labor, as well as to explore the radicalization and splintering of the Social Democratic Party.
Patton rightfully concludes that the tensions and splintering of the socialists increased the potential for militancy, while at the same time, it eroded the solidarity of the SPD and the affiliated trade unions.