hive off
verb Date: circa 1856 intransitive verb chiefly British to break away from or as if from a group ; become separate transitive verb chiefly British to make separate: as a. to remove from a group <
hive off the rookies for special training
>
b. to assign (as assets or responsibilities) to another c. spin off

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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