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 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 These viruses manage to exploit social vulnerabilities and fault lines. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why the Ebola outbreak in DRC is so difficult to contain," 2 Dec. 2018 What could have been an ugly fight that stressed the neighborhood’s racial fault lines has instead ended in a remarkably amicable consensus. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Queen Village makes room for memorial to a historic African American burial ground," 7 June 2018 Rising hostilities between the two long-term foes have exposed fault lines in the relationship between Russia and Iran. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Israel Strikes Iranian Arms Shipment at Damascus Airport," 16 Sep. 2018 In subduction zones, or the area where two tectonic plates collide, GPS measurements have shown that fault lines can move without causing seismic activity. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How GPS Changed the Way We Think About Our Planet," 18 Apr. 2017 The debate over how the UK and the EU should split up has exposed deep and intractable fault lines in British politics. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Why Brexit is tearing the United Kingdom apart," 27 Nov. 2018 His argument is emblematic of the bitter intraparty debates that Democrats are having across the country ahead of the 2018 midterm elections — debates that often split liberals across the touchy fault lines of race, age and gender. Astead W. Herndon, New York Times, "John Lewis and Other Black Leaders Spurn Black Challenger in Boston," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of fault line

1869, in the meaning defined above

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