throw off

verb
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of throw off

transitive verb
1 a : 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 : emit, give off
  • stacks throwing off plumes of smoke
3 : to produce in an offhand manner : execute with speed or facility
  • some little … tune that the composer had thrown off
  • —James Hilton
4 a : 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 : earn, generate
  • an investment that throws off a sizable income
intransitive verb
1 : to begin hunting
2 : to make derogatory comments

Examples of throw off in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of throw off

1604

throw off Synonyms

Synonyms
abstract, call off, detract, divert, distract
Related Words
amuse, beguile, entertain; stray, wander
Near Antonyms
concentrate, focus


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