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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.
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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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He said the public would oppose any hiving off to private firms of police investigations, or patrolling streets by police community support officers - who are civilian staff.
MUMBAI -- Pharma industry has long debated a successful strategy for drug discovery - whether it should be pursued within the fold of the parent company, or by hiving off into a separate venture.
He also said that splitting retail banking to safely deal with consumer deposits and hiving off some of the riskier activities of investment banks would strengthen the financial system.
Sir, - The size of the majority vote of the council tenants in Birmingham against 'hiving off' their houses or flats to social landlords was a surprise to many people.
The rich upper crust are taught from birth that ordinary people are not only born to serve them but are also expendable if needs be, hence the demise of moral principles, the welfare state and the rise of injustice, fat cats, hiving off the Royal Mail.
Citigroup, Inc (NYSE: C) has announced that it is planning to retain its Nikko Cordial business even as it is hiving off its retail brokerage businesses globally.
Hiving off council homes is trumpeted under the Government banner of "choice", New Labour code for privatisation.
The Dutch flag-carrier was pursuing a rigorous strategy concentrating on core businesses and competencies, hiving off non-core activities and rationalising its route network, he said.