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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.
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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 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.
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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

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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The Huntington Beach Pier's splintery wood pilings have been replaced by concrete.
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Once the veneer factory closed and the moisture and termites turned the last few logs left in the lumberyard to splintery mush, everything started to deteriorate.
They are commonly massive-bedded, blocky and splintery, though in places are interlaminated with thin, red, maroon, dark grey and dark green siltstone layers to form shales.
And, at the risk of acquiring a splintery backside, it would be no surprise to see a repeat on Saturday afternoon.
A large percentage of the spherical groups are quite splintery, readily breaking apart into sharp needles.
Looking about, Welles finds "a gray and splintery chunk of two-by-four about three feet long in the ditch by the road.
The former is represented by a huge pile of dark gray splintery shales showing frequently fine laminations and the later group which lies conformably above the Disangs with a gradational transition is represented by light brownish gray, fine to medium grained sandstones often interbedded with brown to dark gray shales.
As Allen Moyer's inventive set morphs from sleek elegance to splintery squalor in act two, Ebersole steps into the role of 56-year-old Edie, and the wonderful Mary Louise Wilson takes over as the aged Edith.
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Particular attention was given to describing the failure surface, which ranged from splintery to brash.