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  • (noun) - This phrase symbolizes a breach in the harmony of friendship, usually of lovers, over a petty matter. As a small crack in a lute tends to make its music dull and discordant, through causing the air to escape in the wrong place, so is the intercourse of friendship or love sometimes strained by trifles, which turn harmony into discord.

    --J.B. Lippincott's Everyday Phrases Explained, 1913

    January 14, 2018