Definition of wedge issue in English:

wedge issue

Syllabification: wedge is·sue

noun

US
  • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 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.’
    • But I also believe that this is a wedge issue, that this is something that is often raised to try to divide people.

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