hive off

hived off; hiving off; hives 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: such as
a : to remove from a group hive off the rookies for special training
b : to assign (assets, responsibilities, etc.) to another
c : spin off

Examples of hive off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The move to hive off the products into a company called Organon & Co. will allow Merck to focus on faster-growing cancer drugs, vaccines and animal-health items, Mr. Frazier said in February 2020 when the plan was first announced. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Merck Names 30-Year Company Veteran as CFO," 24 Mar. 2021 The battle over the future of TikTok—the fast-growing short-form video app—is continuing this week as ByteDance Ltd., tech giant Microsoft Corp., and the Trump administration discuss outlines of a deal that could hive off TikTok’s U.S. operations. Bowdeya Tweh, WSJ, "Is TikTok Getting Banned in the U.S.? It’s Complicated. Here’s Everything You Need to Know," 4 Aug. 2020 Other drugmakers in recent years have hived off lower-margin segments to recapture heady sales growth from cancer drugs and others. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Merck to Spin Off Slow-Growth Products Into New Company," 5 Feb. 2020 Uber, which is trading well below the price at its initial public offering, seeks to hive off money-losing businesses to achieve its goal of being profitable -- before taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization -- by 2021. Edwin Chan,, "Uber Sells India Food Business to Zomato to Cut Losses," 29 Apr. 2020 Executives hope cutting 18,000 jobs, hiving off €288 billion in assets into a bad bank for winding down, and withdrawal from international investment banking will save the German lender. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "As the Deutsche Bank Turns," 8 July 2019 Zulus would be hived off to KawZulu, Tswana people to Bophuthatswana, Xhosa to Ciskei or the Transkei and so on. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Palestinians say Trump's deal is racist. But their leaders are bereft of ideas on how to fight it," 5 Feb. 2020 If Traton goes well, maybe other big VW brands could be hived off from the parent. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Volkswagen’s $17 Billion Change of Direction," 17 June 2019 Would China accept hiving off a core part of one of its few globally powerful corporations? The Economist, "Huawei may sell its 5G technology to a Western buyer," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hive off

circa 1856, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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5 Apr 2021

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“Hive off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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