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castoff

[kast-awf, -of, kahst-] /ˈkæstˌɔf, -ˌɒf, ˈkɑst-/
adjective
1.
thrown away; rejected; discarded:
castoff clothing.
noun
2.
a person or thing that has been cast off.
3.
Printing. the estimate by a compositor of how many pages copy will occupy when set in type.
Origin of castoff
1735-1745
First recorded in 1735-45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cast off
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  • So he picked up some castoff feathers of the Peacocks and stuck them among his own black plumes.

  • Are you not a bit sorry for the neat little halo that now hangs like a piece of castoff clothing on the bedpost of an adulteress?

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Doubtless she would hail his wish—half a reform in itself—to castoff the outward signs of an accepted degradation.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • A player comes on under the shadow, made up in the castoff mail of a court buck, a wellset man with a bass voice.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The child pointed to what appeared to be some ragged, castoff clothes left in the hole by the late occupant.

    Selected Stories Bret Harte
  • Behold him, beneath the mass of stale and putrid slime, a castoff, friendless and penniless vagabond.

    Treading the Narrow Way R. E. Barrett

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