branch off phrasal

branch off phrasal
verb (I)
1 if a road, passage, railway etc branches off from another road etc, it separates from it and goes in a different direction
(+ from): a passage branching off from the main tunnel
2 to leave a main road
(+ from/into): We branched off from the main road and turned down a country lane.
3 to start talking about something different from what you were talking about before
(+ into): Then the conversation branched off into a discussion about movies.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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