fault line


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 Maya Lin’s 1982 memorial to the Vietnam War was an open memorial — to those who died in a war that was still a fundamental fault line in American politics and culture. Washington Post, "What should a coronavirus memorial look like? This powerful statement on gun violence offers a model.," 9 Apr. 2021 The fault line that cracked open last summer between Jai Hanson and his father, retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Sam Hanson, is not a unique story in this divisive era. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "Not an either/or: Minnesota police officer and dad find common ground on race and policing," 20 Mar. 2021 Oysters are another dressing fault line, traditional for some folks, a nauseating notion to others. al, "Oysters, sliders and Twinkies: The weird side of dressing and stuffing," 17 Nov. 2020 The result is that much of America is divided along a fault line of hate. Wendy O’donovan Phillips, Forbes, "Reforming The Internet," 20 Apr. 2021 Naseem’s narrator straddles a fault line with an Alawite father, from the coast of the Mediterranean, and a Sunni, Damascene mother. Lydia Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Sudden Monsters," 9 Mar. 2021 Uyghur Muslim repression hardens into a fault line of international diplomacy. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "UN chief salutes ‘crucial’ US human rights advocacy as tensions with China rise," 29 Mar. 2021 And, though the mayor has sought to put racial equality at the forefront of Boston’s agenda in recent years, this remains a city where the racial fault line between prosperity and poverty remains largely unmoved. BostonGlobe.com, "In his seven years, Walsh channeled some of energy from strong economy toward pockets of need but a few commitments remain unfulfilled," 22 Mar. 2021 But the more urgent debate surrounds the nature and history of the institution Moore has rejected, and the fault line that her stance has cracked open. Audrey Clare Farley, The New Republic, "The Post-Trump Crack-Up of the Evangelical Community," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of fault line

1869, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“Fault line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fault%20line. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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