drive a wedge between

Meaning(s)

1. separate or cause disagreement between two people or things

Popularity

Medium

Professional

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Social

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something drove a wedge between us

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A 'wedge' is a piece of wood or metal that is used to separate two objects. You can 'wedge a door open' for example. If something 'drives a wedge between' two people, it is a cause of separation or disagreement. "Their mothers will drove a wedge between the family.", "The parties policy on immigration drove a wedge between the two candidates." This is an idiom used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. The argument I had with my father really drove a wedge between us for a while, but after a heart to heart, we managed to resolve our issues.
  2. Alex felt that his wife's long working hours was driving a wedge between them, putting their marriage in jeopardy.

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  1. The design department winning an award has driven a wedge between them and our other departments.
  2. Failure to acknowledge when you are wrong or have made a mistake can drive a wedge between managers and their employees.

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