Definition of wedge issue in US English:

wedge issue


  • A divisive political issue, especially one that is raised by a candidate for public office in hopes of attracting or alienating an opponent's supporters.

    • ‘Broaden this into the wider issue of privacy rights and you have an ideal wedge issue.’
    • ‘It's a wedge issue which no other party likes talking about.’
    • ‘He said: ‘The President has allowed his political team to use this war as a political wedge issue to score political points and to divide this nation.’’
    • ‘Wouldn't it be great if health care emerged as the ultimate wedge issue?’
    • ‘Listen this is going to be a wedge issue for some years to come.’
    • ‘It amazes me that abortion is such a wedge issue.’
    • ‘It became a very big wedge issue in this campaign.’
    • ‘In fact, I think that we are talking about a wedge issue that is insurmountable.’
    • ‘He charges the president with seeking ‘a wedge issue to divide the American people.’’
    • ‘But I also believe that this is a wedge issue, that this is something that is often raised to try to divide people.’
    • ‘This is an issue Democrats think will be a wedge issue with suburban working mothers.’
    • ‘And it became clear that some high-profile musicians were coached to spit out lines intended to make copyright maximization a wedge issue among artists.’
    • ‘Many in the progressive movement in the country believe that the president is using homosexuality as a wedge issue to divert attention from other more pressing issues in the country.’
    • ‘He's decided to make this a political wedge issue, to placate the cultural conservatives in this country, in order to take away from his failed policies on jobs, health care and schools and his foreign policy.’
    • ‘But radical feminists push their one-sided version of domestic violence because they know it is a potent wedge issue that exploits the psychological vulnerabilities of both women and men.’
    • ‘It's a wedge issue in the making and it's in our favor.’
    • ‘Labor accuses the Government of using sexuality for political means and trying to create a wedge issue.’
    • ‘It's the president that sees immigration as a wedge issue.’
    • ‘For me, it's becoming a wedge issue like abortion for some women.’
    • ‘They say the President is creating a wedge issue to divide the country.’
    • ‘‘Early polls indicate that opposition to same-sex marriage could become a wedge issue,’ he said.’


wedge issue