throw off

verb

Definition of throw off

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  emit, give off <stacks throwing off plumes of smoke>

  4. 3 :  to produce in an offhand manner :  execute with speed or facility <some little … tune that the composer had thrown off — James Hilton>

  5. 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

  6. 5 :  earn, generate <an investment that throws off a sizable income>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to begin hunting

  9. 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>

1604

First Known Use of throw off

1604



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