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  • adj. Alternative spelling of castoff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cast or laid aside; thrown away; discarded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Laid aside; rejected: as, cast-off livery.
  • n. In firearms, the outward bend of a gun-stock, by which the line of sight is brought inward to meet the eye more readily.
  • n. In printing, the computation of the particular space to be allowed for each column or division of a table, a piece of music, or the like: as, to pass the cast-off (that is, to communicate to other compositors the result of such a computation).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. thrown away
  • v. make the last row of stitches when knitting
  • v. get rid of


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • Still, very gradually, the days became unglued, loosening and flapping in the wind that swept the desert in a turmoil of cast-off spines and seed pods.

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  • The trees, he soon came to realize, were not trees at all, but rather the cast-off antlers of the caribou, though far larger than any antlers he had ever seen before.

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  • It meant very few clothes – a patched skirt and shirt of her mother's, her father's cast-off thermal underwear when they were in the wash.

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  • As has always been true, the coexistence of idling workplaces and cast-off workers remains the single most severe indictment of capitalism as a system for the reproduction of human society.

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  • Leith Clay-Randolph threw his glamour over her for fifteen long minutes, whilst I brooded with my cigar, and then she fluttered back with vague words and the suggestion of a cast-off suit I would never miss.

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  • He let her go off into the woods alone and remained where he was, studying the cast-off piece of the deer carcass.

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