throw off

threw off; thrown off; throwing off; throws off

Definition of throw off

transitive verb

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 : 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
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 : earn, generate an investment that throws off a sizable income

intransitive verb

1 : to begin hunting
2 : to make derogatory comments

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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 The gas and dust being devoured by the black hole are throwing off radiation. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The Milky Way's supermassive black hole is feasting," 12 Sep. 2019 The ever-shifting geomagnetic North has picked up the pace in recent years, sometimes traveling as far as 55 kilometers in a year and has thrown off navigation systems around the world. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "For the First Time in 360 Years, True and Magnetic North Will Align in the U.K.," 30 Aug. 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new romaine lettuce recall Tuesday—just in time to throw off your Thanksgiving dinner meal prep. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce: Health Officials Have Issued a Massive Recall," 20 Nov. 2018 Rossi likes the group’s versatility and ability to throw off an offense with twist stunts or drop back into pass coverage or even line up as a tackle. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers’ Tai’yon Devers ready to resume his starring role on defensive line," 6 Sep. 2019 Pelicans come in for a landing to scoop up any leftover fish parts thrown off the cleaning stations by fishermen. Kari Barnett,, "SummerTimeOut: Catch a sunset – and some fish - at the Boynton Beach Inlet," 8 July 2019 As night fell, reporters at The New York Times gloried in the steady illumination thrown off by Thomas Edison’s electric lamps. New York Times, "Wired Bacteria Form Nature’s Power Grid: ‘We Have an Electric Planet’," 1 July 2019 As the trio neared Angel Island, that’s when the 11-year-old and 27-year-old were thrown off the 35-foot Protector boat, Cronin said. Joelle Goldstein,, "Tycoon Arrested After Both His Sons Are Thrown Off His Boat, Tragically Killing His 11-Year-Old," 16 Sep. 2019 Migration timing for whales could be be thrown off, McCabe says. Bill Weir, CNN, "Alaska just had the most ridiculous summer. That's a red flag for the planet.," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of throw off

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

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