drive a wedge between


: to cause disagreement or anger between (people who had been friendly before)
A fight over their parents' estate drove a wedge between the brothers.

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Recent Examples on the Web Since the attacks by Hamas on Israel last weekend, Ukraine has sought to position itself as a friend of Israel, while asserting that Moscow would try to use the conflict to drive a wedge between Ukraine and the countries that support it. Matthew Mpoke Bigg, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2023 But as Democrats settle into pro-union messaging, Republicans are using the walkout to drive a wedge between the union and Biden's push for electric vehicles. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2023 But after Russia invaded Ukraine last year, the Biden administration reached out in an effort to drive a wedge between Caracas and Moscow while securing access to a new source of oil. Ana Vanessa Herrero, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 These sanctions are designed to drive a wedge between Putin and Russia’s ruling elite and induce the kleptocrats to challenge the Kremlin. Sam Greene, Foreign Affairs, 22 Sep. 2023 Trump has tried to capitalize on the strike to drive a wedge between Biden and union workers, a constituency that helped pave the way for the ex-president’s surprise 2016 victory. Jill Colvin, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2023 Though Cassandro enchants Mexican wrestling audiences with his over-the-top performances and eventual wins, his femininity and queerness drive a wedge between Armendáriz and his mother, and further distances him from his estranged father. Nicole Froio,, 21 Sep. 2023 The idea would be to drive a wedge between some European governments and Washington and between western Europe and eastern Europe. Liana Fix, Foreign Affairs, 12 Sep. 2023 Their young daughter, who perished on the journey across the English Channel, haunts their memories, just as their neighbors grow hostile, and another supernatural force seems to be tearing holes through their walls and trying to drive a wedge between them. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 3 Sep. 2023 See More

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