fault line

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fault line (plural fault lines)

  1. (geology) The line formed by the intersection of the plane of a fault with the surface of the Earth
  2. (by extension) A minor split (in public opinion etc) that may develop into something larger
    • 2016 October 22, Rami G Khouri, “Lebanese oligarchy preserves its interests once again”, in Aljazeera[1]:
      Yet the process may lead to new fault lines and resentments across the notoriously unstable Lebanese political system whose 18 different confessional groups share all levels of power.