branch off

phrasal verb

branched off; branching off; branches off
: to separate from something and move in a different direction
The stream branched off to the left.
often + from
Streets branch off from both sides of the highway.

Examples of branch off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the Harlem River branches off around one side of Randall’s Island, a smaller tidal stream, the Bronx Kill, continues along the borough’s southern border. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024 Small vessels branching off the major artery, plus the gatekeepers that allow blood to flow into capillaries (the smallest vessels) also dilate. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 11 July 2024 Several paths branch off from the main hike into nearby trails. Sandra McDonald, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 Remove them, if possible, or crush them, or prune the branch off below where the egg mass is found. Pamm Cooper, Hartford Courant, 8 May 2024 The company has since branched off to include dental products, food, accessories, and now the airline. Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 24 May 2024 That can be very informative in many situations, but the analysis tends to get confused when lots of species branch off in a short amount of time, or when individual genes change a lot due to evolutionary pressures. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 17 May 2023 The center of its body is white and slug-like with skinny yellow tentacles branching off. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 27 Mar. 2024 Snakes may be quick to evolve into new forms, but people could be haphazardly pruning those buds and branches off the tree of life before they’ve even been spotted. Popular Science, 22 Feb. 2024

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“Branch off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/branch%20off. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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