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branch out

1. To split or move away from something. The subclavian artery branches out from the aorta.
2. To grow out from a tree trunk or limb, as of a tree branch. I'm pretty sure the limb that fell in our yard branched out from your tree.
3. To explore something new; to widen one's interests or scope of expertise. You're a great student, honey, but I would really like for you to branch out and try a sport this year. Paul used to only be interested in still photography, but he's branching out and shooting movies now.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

branch out (into something)

Fig. to diversify and go into new areas. I have decided to branch out into some new projects. Business was very good, so I decided to branch out.
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branch out

 (from something)
1. Lit. [for a branch] to grow out of a branch or trunk. (Having to do with plants and trees.) A twig branched out of the main limb and grew straight up. The bush branched out from the base.
2. Fig. to expand away from something; to diversify away from narrower interests. The speaker branched out from her prepared remarks. The topic was very broad, and she was free to branch out.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

branch out

Separate into subdivisions; strike off in a new direction. For example, Our software business is branching out into more interactive products, or Bill doesn't want to concentrate on just one field; he wants to branch out more. This term alludes to the growth habits of a tree's limbs. [Early 1700s] Also see branch off.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

branch out

v.
1. To develop or have many branches or tributaries: Once this tree reaches a certain size, it will begin to branch out. The river branches out into a great delta before flowing into the sea.
2. To grow out of a tree trunk or branch: I like to sit on a large limb that branches out from the apple tree.
3. To expand the scope of one's interests or activities into a new area or areas: At first I studied only Latin, but later I branched out and began learning other languages, too.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Consequently, because amateurism was a valued position within the field of feminist publishing, Branching Out was often critiqued for not being political enough.
Cognizant of the value of amateurism, Branching Out wanted to achieve newsstand appeal while still being open to a variety of content.
By having newsstand appeal, Branching Out sought to legitimate a more diverse understanding of Canadian women's interests and culture than the traditional image of women portrayed in mainstream women's magazines like Ladies' Home Journal.
Branching Out's location within Canadian publishing and the women's movement is perhaps best described by Canadian non-fiction writer Heather Pringle, who worked on Branching Out as poetry and fiction editor from 1977 to 1980 and is now best-known for her writing on archeology and history, including The Master Plan (2006), The Mummy Congress (2001), and In Search of Ancient North America (1996).
Because, you know, the women's movement was all about coming from the margins and the edges into the centre and that's really what Branching Out was trying to do too.
The final issue of Branching Out, published in July 1980, featured a total of eighteen images on the front and back covers (see figures 3 and 4).
Following the table of contents is a letter from "The Branching Out staff," addressed to readers and accompanied by a five-panel comic entitled "The Last Word on Branching Out," which cites the reasons for folding the magazine (see figure 5).
In the fourth panel, two mice gossip about Branching Out: "PSST.