fault line

noun

Definition of fault line 

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

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These stories traced sharp demographic fault lines: Readers of different generations came to antidepressants, and tried to quit them, for different reasons. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories," 17 Apr. 2018 In Houston, the fault lines became particularly jagged as Democratic leaders in Washington sought to blunt Moser’s advance to the runoff. Kevin Diaz, Houston Chronicle, "Democratic runoff foes differ on best way to oust Republican incumbent Culberson," 9 Apr. 2018 The fight to pick a Republican nominee against U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin is playing out along a familiar GOP fault line in Wisconsin. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP senate primary in Wisconsin already reflects north-south divide within party," 13 July 2018 Three decades of British rule between the two world wars helped establish some of the fault lines of today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Britain’s withdrawal in 1948 led to the eventual establishment of Israel and Jordan. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Prince William to meet Israeli leaders on historic royal visit," 25 June 2018 Health care is emerging as a key fault line in the race. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "California Sen. Kamala Harris headlines campaign rally for Tammy Baldwin," 9 June 2018 But if the polling is any guide, this recurring geographic fault line could end up defining the party’s 2018 Senate primary, which will be held Aug. 14. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP senate primary in Wisconsin already reflects north-south divide within party," 13 July 2018 Three decades of British rule between the two world wars helped establish some of the fault lines of today's Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Britain's withdrawal in 1948 led to the eventual establishment of Israel and Jordan. NBC News, "Britain's Prince William starts Israel visit by honoring Holocaust victims," 26 June 2018 The argument over wolves cleaves along familiar fault lines. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks," 10 June 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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