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cast off



Definitions

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cast off
     1. v. To discard or reject something.
     2. v. (ambitransitive, nautical) To let go (a cable or rope securing a vessel to a buoy, wharf etc) so that the vessel may make way.
     3. v. (intransitive, knitting) To finish the last row of knitted stitches and remove them securely from the needle.
Analysis
cast
     1. v. (physical) To move, or be moved, away.
     2. v.          (now somewhat literary) To throw.
     3. v.          To throw forward (a fishing line, net etc.) into the sea.
     4. v.          Specifically, to throw down or aside.
     5. v.          (of an animal) To throw off (the skin) as a process of growth; to shed the hair or fur of the coat.
off
     1. adv. In a direction away from the speaker or object.
           He drove off in a cloud of smoke.
     2. adv. Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.
           Please switch off the light when you leave.
           die off

Example Sentences

I was literally used by the dialogue, and then cast off like some worthless trollop. 

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