fault line


Definition of fault line

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

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In Britain, more so than in other countries, stockpiling has become a new societal fault line between those in panic and those who have maintained some optimism. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "Switzerland wants to declare coffee nonessential for human survival," 12 Apr. 2019 Trump’s presence highlighted the divisions of the race, as well as the broader fault lines of American politics that have grown more intense over this year’s midterms. Matt Viser, The Seattle Times, "Democrats work to energize African Americans in Mississippi Senate runoff," 26 Nov. 2018 And getting people to talk to me and finding ways to get people to ... to find fault lines between or inside organizations and work out how to leverage pieces of information. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Axios’ Jonathan Swan explains what the press gets wrong about the Trump administration," 6 Dec. 2018 But at a gathering of the group here last weekend, in the basement conference room of an airport hotel, the presence of two very different attendees highlighted fault lines in the U.S. Olympic movement. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Olympic Athletes Ask: Should We Start a Union?," 26 Feb. 2019 Deschamps-Braly was thrilled by such commitment, which resulted in a catalogue of what are known as Le Fort fractures—the fault lines along which surgeons now deliberately break and reshape the bones of their patients. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Story of a Trans Woman’s Face," 12 Mar. 2018 The debates on the commission exposed the fault lines that were emerging in American society. Steven M. Gillon, Time, "This Government Report Showed How Racism Was Dividing America 50 Years Ago. Its Prediction Is Haunting," 1 Mar. 2018 In the United States, the fault lines often involve the role of religion and the pace of social change. Cathy Young, BostonGlobe.com, "Is liberal democracy failing? No, it’s a victim of its own success," 8 July 2018 However, the nature of the opposition coalition suggests that the fault line of Turkish politics no longer runs through the traditional right vs. left or conservative vs. secular divides, but rather that being pro-or anti-Erdogan trumps all now. Soner Cagaptay, Time, "Four Things to Watch in Turkey's Elections," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of fault line

1869, in the meaning defined above

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