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To cause problems between people - synonyms or related words

come between

to cause a disagreement or argument between people

set against

to cause two people or groups to fight each other although they were in a friendly relationship before

tear apart

to make people argue and damage their relationship



to make a relationship uncomfortable and not friendly



to start a fight or argument

open up

to create a difference between the people or groups involved in something



to be the cause of disagreement between people, especially within a group

drive a wedge between

to cause two people or groups to disagree or be unfriendly to one another, especially in order to gain an advantage for yourself

divide and rule

to keep control over people who might oppose you, by encouraging disagreement or fighting among them

play both ends against the middle

to make two people or groups oppose each other so that you can gain something


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