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Definition of spin-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : a collateral or derived product or effect : by-product also : a number of such products the spin-off from the space program
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

spin off

spun off; spinning off; spins off

Definition of spin off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to establish or produce as a spin-off the company spun off its computer division spin off a new TV series

intransitive verb

: to establish or become a spin-off

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Synonyms & Antonyms for spin-off

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of spin-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2020, the foundation did spin off its network of chapters as a sister collective called BLM Grassroots. Aaron Morrison, ajc, 17 May 2022 Swedish Match in March paused plans to spin off and list its US cigar business, its second-biggest segment after snus. Reuters, CNN, 10 May 2022 The sale came weeks after XPO, one of the largest logistics companies in North America, announced plans to spin off its brokerage segment and strip away its European business, leaving behind less-than-truckload operations XPO acquired in 2015. Lydia O’neal, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 Under the plan, Thai Beverage will spin off the brewery business—comprising breweries in Thailand and Vietnam and beer brands such as Chang, Archa and Bia Saigon—into a separate company. Jonathan Burgos, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The show would spin off from the streamer’s Peacemaker, which featured a couple of brief appearances from Davis’ Waller in its first season. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 Wagner was with Epic, which bought it; in a financial shakeout the next year, Epic would spin off the yard and other assets. al, 29 Apr. 2022 The sale proved so successful that the SCMP decided to spin off the nascent NFT unit into its own business, and Liu is going with it. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2022 Executive producer Clyde Phillips told EW there are no plans to spin off the sequel with a drama about Dexter's chip-off-the-old-block son, Harrison (Jack Alcott). Lynette Rice, EW.com, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spin-off


1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1950, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Spin-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spin-off. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ ˈspin-ˌȯf, -ˌäf \

Legal Definition of spin-off

: a transfer of corporate assets to a subsidiary in return for a distribution to the shareholders of the corporation of all of the stock or controlling stock of the subsidiary without surrender of any stock by the shareholders of the corporation : a D reorganization involving a distribution of the stock of another company to the corporation's shareholders also : a new company created by such a distribution — compare split-off, split-up


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