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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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"I couldn't see her and I frantically started pulling branches off before I saw her lying face down under the tree.
Brush snow off the branches off shrubs to avoid the branches snapping under the weight.
However I was not prepared for the description on the back of a man who was sawing branches off a dangerous tree.
Is there a type of bug that would "saw" the smaller branches off in this fashion?
Finally, if the branches of the trees overhang your property, you are entitled to lop the branches off at the line of your property and return the cut limbs to the neighbours.
But vandals have attacked the tree, ripping the branches off and stripping off the bark.
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." He induced minor changes in the branches to see which part of the oligosaccharide molecule actually binds to sperm.
Locals tied clothes together and broke branches off trees to try and save the dying boy.
A forester claimed to have seen the yeti - known locally as mande barung or "forest man" - breaking branches off trees and eating their sap.