Definition of Cast off

1. Verb. Get rid of. "Shed your clothes"

Exact synonyms: Cast, Drop, Shake Off, Shed, Throw, Throw Away, Throw Off
Specialized synonyms: Exuviate, Molt, Moult, Shed, Slough, Abscise, Exfoliate, Autotomise, Autotomize
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw

2. Verb. Make the last row of stitches when knitting.
Category relationships: Handicraft
Generic synonyms: Run Up, Sew, Sew Together, Stitch
Antonyms: Cast On

Definition of Cast off

1. Verb. (transitive) To discard or reject something. ¹

2. Verb. (ambitransitive nautical) To let go (a cable or rope securing a vessel to a buoy, wharf etc) so that the vessel may make way. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive knitting) To finish the last row of knitted stitches and remove them securely from the needle. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cast Off

cast accounts
cast adrift
cast anchor
cast around
cast aside
cast aspersions
cast away
cast brace
cast down
cast fossil
cast fossils
cast iron
cast net
cast nets
cast of characters
cast off (current term)
cast on
cast one's vote
cast out
cast out nines
cast pearls before swine
cast the first stone
cast up
cast up one's accounts

Literary usage of Cast off

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1855)
"Will euch a section of bone be able to sustain itself and the inclosed teeth ? will new teeth replace the old ones when cast off? will this fragment of jaw ..."

2. British Poets of the Nineteenth Century: Poems by Wordsworth, Coleridge by Curtis Hidden Page (1910)
"Come, then, let us cast off fooling, and put by ease and rest, ... Ah ! come, cast off all fooling, for this, at least, we know : That the Dawn and the Day ..."

3. Studies of a Biographer by Sir Leslie Stephen (1902)
"I take it, that Donne was already a saint potentially, and, at this point, finally cast off the impediments which had bound him to the world and covered his ..."

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