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hive off

verb

Definition of hive off

chiefly British

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to break away from or as if from a group :  become separate

  3. transitive verb
  4. 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



Circa 1856

First Known Use of hive off

circa 1856


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