from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To untie, throw off, or let go, as a rope.


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  • The season of deliverance suited not his expectation; therefore he quite throweth off the Lord and his protection: -- not unlike many among ourselves, whose desires and expectations being not satisfied in the closing of our distractions, according to the way which themselves had framed for the Lord to walk in, are ready to cast off his cause, his protection, to comply with the enemies of his name,

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • 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

  • Of ministers, to cast off all by-respects, and to flee to those places where, in all probability, the harvest would be great, and the labourers are few or none at all!

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • The principle was to set his feet on the rope with his arms over the yard, then, holding the yard in his armpits, to shuffle sideways along the footrope to cast off the gaskets and loose the sail.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

  • They were not discovered till about half-past one o'clock, when, being within half gun-shot of the landing-place, Nelson directed the boats to cast off from each other, give a huzza, and push for the shore.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • The Spanish captain, who was the only surviving officer, had hardly been conveyed on board the MINERVE, when another enemy's frigate came up, compelled her to cast off the prize, and brought her a second time into action.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • It took moments for it to cast off its battleful ways and resume its accustomed course of thought.

    The Red Badge of Courage

  • If I tried to cast off my burden on this fantasm, that it might find rest there, it sank through the vacuum and came rushing down again upon me.

    Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

  • 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

  • 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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