hive off


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

Examples of hive off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chinese attempts to hive off Asia, the world’s largest, most dynamic economic region, would deal a devastating blow to U.S. economic interests. Andrew S. Erickson, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2024 At the end of that fighting, in 1921, Ireland secured independence, but its northeasternmost provinces were hived off into the separate territory of Northern Ireland, tying the then-majority-Protestant population to London. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Feb. 2024 If overthrowing oligarchy required racial equality in the economy, the oligarchs could best maintain their position by hiving off civil rights from economic issues. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2023 It’s also hived off its medical, home appliances and TV operations. Yuki Furukawa, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2023 Fujitsu, which in its heyday made everything from laptops and supercomputers to chips, mobile phones and home appliances, has hived off much of its consumer product lineup to focus on communications and information technology systems for businesses. Manuel Baigorri,, 19 May 2023 Following the spin-off of the media operations in April, and the hive off of the struggling pay-TV and digital advertising business, AT&T has become a much more focused telecom play, enabling the company to better compete with the likes of T-Mobile and Verizon in the lucrative 5G wireless market. Trefis Team, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Some fault Biden for blessing the effort by a bipartisan group of senators to hive off traditional infrastructure from the larger budget bill, thus separating it from spending programs like an initiative on rural broadband that could have helped bring reluctant moderates along., 26 Sep. 2021 The pressure for a turnaround has grown as the company prepares to hive off its business selling Tylenol, Listerine and other consumer-health products. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1856, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of hive off was circa 1856

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“Hive off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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