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splinter group

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noun
  1. a small organization that becomes separated from or acts apart from an original larger group or a number of other small groups, with which it would normally be united, as because of disagreement.
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British Dictionary definitions for splinter group

splinter group

noun
  1. a number of members of an organization, political party, etc, who split from the main body and form an independent association, usually as the result of dissension
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Idioms and Phrases with splinter group

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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