fault line

noun

Definition of fault line

: something resembling a fault : split, rift a major conceptual fault line in foreign policy— Morton Kondracke

Examples of fault line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film has a classic setup: two dear friends, both women around thirty, with fault lines between them that have built up tension over decades and are threatening to give way. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Fourteen,” Reviewed: Dan Sallitt’s Vast Vision of Two Friends and the Fault Lines Between Them," 15 May 2020 Those memories of market mayhem re-emerged along with the old fault lines following the economic shock of the coronavirus lockdowns. Viktoria Dendrinou, Bloomberg.com, "Italy’s Broken Finances Bring Back Fears of Messy Euro Divorce," 13 May 2020 The cracking of the Italian fault line will send financial tremors throughout Europe and the world. Ashoka Mody, National Review, "Europe’s Moment of Truth," 29 Apr. 2020 The debate over Italy's reopening has played out across familiar fault lines, pitting big business and industry against labor unions and the wealthy north against the much poorer south. NBC News, "Ravaged by the coronavirus, Italy tiptoes shakily toward reopening economy," 19 Apr. 2020 The Nicobar archipelago, comprising 22 islands with a combined landmass of only 1,841 square kilometers, lay along the fault line and very close to the earthquake's epicenter. Scientific American, "How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People," 25 Mar. 2020 Relative homogeneity along one dimension has not stopped other dimensions of division from becoming fault lines in existential struggles for power. New York Times, "‘The Arab Winter,’ by Noah Feldman: An Excerpt," 12 May 2020 More darkly, the reaction to the law — whose passage in March 2010 was shadowed by racist outbursts from some opponents — also has revealed troubling fault lines that remain. Los Angeles Times, "Along the Mississippi, Obamacare’s neglected legacy: civil rights," 11 May 2020 For many, the coronavirus outbreak is illuminating the fault lines of disenfranchisement, poverty, and disparity that course through our nation. Amber Joseph, The New York Review of Books, "What One New York Teacher Is Learning in a Pandemic," 19 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fault line

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Fault line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fault%20line. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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