Definition of Great Divide in English:

Great Divide

proper noun

Definition of great divide in English:

great divide


  • 1A boundary between two contrasting groups, cultures, etc. that is regarded as very difficult to ignore or overcome:

    ‘the great divide between workers and management’
    • ‘The deal in the marketplace connects the traders across great divides.’
    • ‘It has emerged from the polls in this election campaign that there is a great divide between the way that regular daily newspaper readers see the world and the way that the rest of the country does.’
    • ‘It would also offend against the requirements of social justice because it would accentuate a great divide between the lucky insiders who have protected jobs and the unlucky outsiders who are unemployed.’
    • ‘In its over-enthusiasm to promote an expensive technology at the cost of the poor, what has been overlooked is that biotechnology has the potential to further the great divide between the haves and have-nots.’
    • ‘There may have been a chasm between the haves and have-nots, but politics was driven by ideology rather than the opinion polls, and you knew where you stood on the great divide.’
    • ‘In a society where we currently have great divides on cultural issues, its a bit hard to justify science as a cultural imperative.’
    • ‘In Australia, it often seems there is a great divide between politics and music and arguably, one of the only successful bands to have truly bridged this gap would be Midnight Oil.’
    • ‘There was just a great divide between what you did on a Saturday or during festivals and what one did at school or elsewhere.’
    • ‘AFTER BRIDGING the great divide, it is setting its sights on closing distances between languages.’
    • ‘Instead, they choose play upon our differences, to make those differences more pronounced and to make a great divide even wider.’
    • ‘The pattern of support remains consistent, even allowing for distinctions along the great divide of politics.’
    • ‘I think if we are going to be really transparent with one another, we are hurting as a people because it speaks to the great divide that is in this country.’
    • ‘There's been a lot of talk in the last years about the impact of globalization and technology, and the great divide, digitally, in the world.’
    • ‘More than disconcerting, this is a bit threatening to those who have crossed the great divide between youth and middle age.’
    • ‘There is no middle class, but a great divide between rich and poor.’
    • ‘There were alliances between the camps and of course bitter struggles within each of them, while the flows of trade and of cultural influence across the supposed great divide never ceased.’
    • ‘She admitted there was a great divide in the mindset and values of the two places, saying both sides needed to talk sincerely to resolve their differences.’
    • ‘This issue reflects not mere differences of opinion within our party but a great divide.’
    • ‘I think we are already witnessing a great divide when it comes to informational access.’
    • ‘Half a century later, it is still one of the great divides of British history.’
    1. 1.1 The boundary between life and death:
      ‘she is still on the human side of the great divide’
      • ‘Harry was in his home when he gathered himself up to cross the great divide. He was a very dear friend of mine. And I will miss him so.’
      • ‘He was among the last of those old pioneers to cross the great divide. He died in Ontario on May 9, 1946, at the age of 81.’
      • ‘Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.’