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throw off

verb

Definition of throw off

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to free oneself from :  get rid of <threw off his inhibitions>b :  to cast off often in a hurried or vigorous manner :  abandon <threw off all restraint>c :  distract, divert <dogs thrown off by a false scent>

    2. 2 :  emit, give off <stacks throwing off plumes of smoke>

    3. 3 :  to produce in an offhand manner :  execute with speed or facility <some little…tune that the composer had thrown off — James Hilton>

    4. 4a :  to cause to depart from an expected or desired course <mistakes threw his calculations off a bit>b :  to cause to make a mistake :  mislead

    5. 5 :  earn, generate <an investment that throws off a sizable income>

    6. intransitive verb
    7. 1 :  to begin hunting

    8. 2 :  to make derogatory comments



    Examples of throw off

    1. <the sudden noise just threw me off completely, and I missed my shot>



    1604

    First Known Use of throw off

    1604



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