from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that has been discarded.
  • n. Printing A calculation of the amount of space a manuscript will occupy when set into type.
  • adj. Discarded; rejected.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. something that has been rejected or discarded; a reject
  • adj. discarded or rejected


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  • Using what he describes as castoff materials he has salvaged over time, Gregory -- a specialist in the tuning and repair of organs -- put together an impressive instrument incorporating drums, cymbals, snare and bass drums, trumpets, xylophone and other instruments which drew an immediate large crowd whenever he started it up.'s Homepage Articles

  • "That's the beauty of the swap," says Brownstein, 59, a paralegal, as a dozen women, some with plastic glasses of wine in one hand and reusable Trader Joe's bags on their shoulders, rummage through each other's sweaters, bags, shoes and coats: One woman's castoff is another woman's catch.

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  • Sleeper: Toronto center Travis Green has become highly valuable as a faceoff man and Carolina defenseman Aaron Ward, a Detroit castoff, is crucial to Carolina's team.

  • Actually, forgetting the words didn't end up hurting those who had already proved their musical mettle, such as record-label castoff

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  • It’s like a tractor - simple and just keeps on going … Have added more hard drive space, a Nvidia video card castoff from a friend ($10), a better keyboard, same 6 year old trackball mouse, same printer and scanner, same old speakers.

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  • It’s called That’s Amore, a show in which wannabe star F-ers fight to the death for the right to date some castoff from the Tila Tequila show (casting call above, series trailer after the jump).


  • Every year, there are "castoff" players from every team who get traded to other teams, and become stars.

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  • Remembrances | Al Schwimmer 1917-2011 In 1948, Al Schwimmer smuggled unused U.S. warplanes to Israel and helped found the new country's air force by assembling a motley array of castoff planes from around the world.

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  • And on Monday night, the network exceeds those limits with Surviving Suburbia, a CW castoff that would have been better left on the TV trash heap.

    'Surviving Suburbia' offers scant charms, stale humor

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