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splinter group

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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  • Otherwise, the splinter group carries no threat to the fortunes of either major candidate.
  • It was a mere splinter group from the national and world organization.
  • There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things.
  • Two progovernment parties and a splinter group completed the registration process but were not registered by year's end.
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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