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castaway

[ kast-uh-wey, kahst- ]
/ ˈkæst əˌweɪ, ˈkɑst- /
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noun

a shipwrecked person.
anything cast adrift or thrown away.
an outcast.

adjective

cast adrift.
thrown away.

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Origin of castaway

First recorded in 1520–30; noun, adj. use of verb phrase cast away
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British Dictionary definitions for castaway

castaway
/ (ˈkɑːstəˌweɪ) /

noun

a person who has been shipwrecked
something thrown off or away; castoff

adjective (prenominal)

shipwrecked or put adrift
thrown away or rejected

verb cast away

(tr, adverb; often passive) to cause (a ship, person, etc) to be shipwrecked or abandoned
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Idioms and Phrases with castaway

cast away

1

Also, cast aside. Discard, reject, as in He picked a book, then cast it aside, or She cast away all thoughts of returning home. [Early 1400s]

2

Squander, waste, as in She cast away a fortune on jewelry. Shakespeare used this idiom in King John (2:1): “France, hast thou yet more blood to cast away?” [Early 1500s]

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