cast off

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cast off (third-person singular simple present casts off, present participle casting off, simple past and past participle casted off)

  1. (transitive) To discard or reject something.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity:
      However, with the dainty volume my quondam friend sprang into fame. At the same time he cast off the chrysalis of a commonplace existence.
  2. (transitive, intransitive, nautical) To let go (a cable or rope securing a vessel to a buoy, wharf etc) so that the vessel may make way.
  3. (intransitive, knitting) To finish the last row of knitted stitches and remove them securely from the needle.

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