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branch off

To split or move away from something. Don't worry, you can stay on Main Street for now—the street you need to turn on to branches off of Main Street. The subclavian artery branches off from the aorta.
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branch off (from something)

to separate off from something; to divide away from something. A small stream branched off from the main channel. An irrigation ditch branched off here and there.
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branch off

Diverge, subdivide, as in It's the house on the left, just after the road branches off, or English and Dutch branched off from an older parent language, West Germanic. This term alludes to a tree's growth pattern, in which branches grow in separate directions from the main trunk. [Second half of 1800s] Also see branch out.
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branch off

v.
1. To separate from a main road or path and follow a smaller one: Take a left where the main trail branches off onto a footpath.
2. To separate from a primary source or origin and move or develop in a different direction: After we discovered a new species of insect, some members of our research team branched off and are studying it. A new political group has branched off from the old party.
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It belongs to a group of animals called mammaliaforms, a dead-end lineage that branched off near the base of the mammal family tree, says Zhe-Xi Luo, a paleontologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.
When the franchise was revoked, she branched off and launched Esprit Ropes in 1995 with Christenson, whom she describes as their director of product development and designated "guinea pig.
In past years the city subcontracted the express shuttle through the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, but that service was slower because it branched off the Golden State Freeway (5) onto Balboa Boulevard and made stops along that leg.
A new research finding provides evidence that sexual reproduction started as soon as life forms that have nuclei and organelles within their cells branched off from their structurally simpler ancestors.
Thornton proposes that the gene duplication that created the progesterone receptor took place before the jawless fishes branched off the rest of the vertebrate line.
He thinks the second-quarter hit only created the initial fracture and that the crack branched off as he continued to play on it.
A process such as variability selection could have contributed to the preservation of lineages of habitat generalists, who at climatic junctures would have branched off into new species, she holds.
The genus is thought to have branched off from the australopithecines some time between 2 million and 3 million years ago, but paleontologists have had a difficult time finding well-dated Homo fossils more than 2 million years old.
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