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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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Is there a type of bug that would "saw" the smaller branches off in this fashion?
But vandals have attacked the tree, ripping the branches off and stripping off the bark.
A forester claimed to have seen the yeti - known locally as mande barung or "forest man" - breaking branches off trees and eating their sap.
The move comes after another council cut the branches off trees near a school to stop kids getting hurt collecting the conkers.
We went up and took a look at those trees and it's clear someone went and broke the branches off,'' said Sgt.
Working with mouse eggs, which are very similar to human eggs, Wassarman focused on the so-called O-linked oligosaccharides, complex sugar chains that grow like branches off ZP3's protein "trunk.
It was traced for 1300 feet northerly where a second subsidiary vein system branches off, paralleling the Los Hilos and Carmen shears.
To the right, the line branches off over the High Level Bridge, where the 8am train from South Shields was halted for 30 minutes while the breakdown train manoeuvred into position.
LAST week, because the sticks children were throwing to try and dislodge conkers were threatening to damage passing cars, the authorities were chopping branches off conker trees.