hive off


Definition of HIVE OFF

intransitive verb
chiefly British
:  to break away from or as if from a group :  become separate
transitive verb
chiefly British :  to make separate: as
a :  to remove from a group <hive off the rookies for special training>
b :  to assign (as assets or responsibilities) to another
c :  spin off

First Known Use of HIVE OFF

circa 1856


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