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  • v. To discard or reject something.
  • v. To let go (a cable or rope securing a vessel to a buoy, wharf etc) so that the vessel may make way.
  • v. To finish the last row of knitted stitches and remove them securely from the needle.


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  • During the night, however, the wind rose and Warrior yawed so much from side to side that Engadine, “bobbing about like a cork,” was forced to cast off the tow.

    Castles of Steel

  • Meanwhile they had cast off and the Black Growler was moving noiselessly over the waters of the Erie Canal.

    The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat

  • We cast off from the Wakua dock and, having made a wide turn, motor back down the channel for a couple of miles, with Peter aboard and his dugout canoe towed on a painter behind us.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Scheer reached the swept channels through the minefields and Moltke cast off her tow from Oldenburg.

    Castles of Steel

  • Now if we suppose that the end of the tail of some ancient American species was enlarged, and was covered by a single large scale, this could hardly have been cast off at the successive moults.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • Meanwhile Sam had cast off and with his boat-hook had pushed the Black Growler out into the stream.

    The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat

  • The battle cruisers were told to cast off their colliers so as to leave themselves freer to fire even while they were still at anchor.

    Castles of Steel

  • Having hove short, cast off the gaskets, and made the bunt of each sail fast by the jigger, with a man on each yard, at the word the whole canvas of the ship was loosed, and with the greatest rapidity possible everything was sheeted home and hoisted up, the anchor tripped and cat-headed, and the ship under headway.

    Is Shakespeare Dead?

  • Frequently the patient will survive, escaping blood poisoning, and the secundines will be cast off in a state of disorganization.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • Costas activated a control to cast off the ferret's umbilical just as the ship's engines began to throb.

    Crusader Gold


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