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spin-off

noun
     
Related topics: Television and Radio
spin-off , spin‧off [countable]
1AMT a television programme involving characters that were previously in another programme or film
2 a separate and partly independent company that is formed from parts of an existing company, or the action of forming a company in this way
3 an unexpected but useful result of something, that happens in addition to the intended result:
Laser research has had important spin-offs for eye surgery.

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