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English definition of “spin sth off”

spin sth off

verb uk phrasal verb with spin   /spɪn/ (present participle spinning, past tense spun, past participle UK also span) us  

(PRODUCT)

to produce a useful and unexpected result in addition to the intended result: The American space program has spun off new commercial technologies. Every new job that is created spins off three or four more in related fields.

(COMPANY)

mainly US to form a separate company from part of an existing company: The company is trying to spin off part of its business.
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