cast off

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

cast off

verb

Definition of CAST OFF

transitive verb
1
:  loose <cast off a hunting dog>
2
:  unfasten <cast off a boat>
3
:  to remove (a stitch) from a knitting needle in such a way as to prevent unraveling
intransitive verb
1
:  to unfasten or untie a boat or a line
2
:  to turn one's partner in a square dance and pass around the outside of the set and back
3
:  to finish a knitted fabric by casting off all stitches

Examples of CAST OFF

  1. <once she became rich and didn't need them anymore, she cast off all her old friends like so much junk>

First Known Use of CAST OFF

1575

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