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wedge issue

noun
1.
an issue that divides or causes conflict in an otherwise unified group:
Abortion is a wedge issue for the Republican Party.
Origin
1990-1995
1990-95
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British Dictionary definitions for wedge-issue

wedge issue

noun
1.
an issue that is likely to cause division between the members of a group
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