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spin–off

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noun \ˈspin-ˌȯf\

Simple Definition of spin–off

  • : a television program, movie, book, etc., that is based on characters from another television program, movie, book, etc.

  • : a new company created by a large company

  • : something useful that results from work done to produce something else

Full Definition of spin–off

  1. 1 :  the distribution by a business to its stockholders of particular assets and especially of stock of another company; also :  the new company created by such a distribution

  2. 2 :  a collateral or derived product or effect :  by-product; also :  a number of such products <the spin–off from the space program>

  3. 3 :  something that is imitative or derivative of an earlier work, product, or establishment; especially :  a television show starring a character popular in a secondary role of an earlier show


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