hive off

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hive off

To separate someone or something from someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hive" and "off." I think we need to hive this group off into another homeroom—there's just too many kids in here.
See also: hive, off
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hive off

v.
To set something apart from a group: The CEO hived off the department into another division. The police academy hived the new recruits off during orientation.
See also: hive, off
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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Although host nations are a bit more savvy these days and tend to hive them off to remote or well-defended areas.
If businesses need to update, then let us update them with general taxation and not hive them off to private companies.
"But now I realize I was mistaken because all that happens is that the teachers hive them off to some corner of the room where they work alone."
"We are working very hard and spending money on bringing our homes up to a decent standard rather than wasting millions trying to hive them off to private corporations."
New rules mean they will only be able to hive them off if the money is ploughed back into sport or education.
The town hall union also claimed the move showed the controlling Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance wanted to scrap all public services and hive them off to the private sector.