throw off


threw off; thrown off; throwing off; throws off

transitive verb

: to free oneself from : get rid of
threw off his inhibitions
: to cast off often in a hurried or vigorous manner : abandon
threw off all restraint
: distract, divert
dogs thrown off by a false scent
: emit, give off
stacks throwing off plumes of smoke
: to produce in an offhand manner : execute with speed or facility
some little … tune that the composer had thrown offJames Hilton
: to cause to depart from an expected or desired course
mistakes threw his calculations off a bit
: to cause to make a mistake : mislead
: earn, generate
an investment that throws off a sizable income

intransitive verb

: to begin hunting
: to make derogatory comments

Examples of throw off in a Sentence

the sudden noise just threw me off completely, and I missed my shot
Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, Russia has successfully deceived GPS receivers, throwing off the targeting of Ukrainian arms, including a variety of missiles shot from HIMARS launchers, which Mr. Biden began providing to Ukraine last year. Kim Barker, New York Times, 15 May 2024 The May 2024 storm, rated G5 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 1-to-5 Geomagnetic Storms scale, disrupted GPS communications enough to throw off tractor guidance, which requires centimeter-level precision. David Wallace, CBS News, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for throw off 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of throw off was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Throw off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

throw off

: to send out : emit
a sparkler throws off sparks

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