hive off

verb

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

First Known Use of hive off

circa 1856


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