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castoff

[ kast-awf, -of, kahst- ]
/ ˈkæstˌɔf, -ˌɒf, ˈkɑst- /
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adjective

thrown away; rejected; discarded: castoff clothing.

noun

a person or thing that has been cast off.
Printing. the estimate by a compositor of how many pages copy will occupy when set in type.

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Origin of castoff

First recorded in 1735–45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cast off
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British Dictionary definitions for castoff

cast-off

adjective

(prenominal) thrown away; abandonedcast-off shoes

noun castoff

a person or thing that has been discarded or abandoned
printing an estimate of the amount of space that a piece of copy will occupy when printed in a particular size and style of type

verb cast off (adverb)

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Idioms and Phrases with castoff

cast off

1

Discard, reject, as in He cast off his clothes and jumped in the pool. This term was already used figuratively in Miles Coverdale's translation of the Bible (1535): “Thy mother ... that hath cast off her housebonds and her children” (Ezekiel 16:45).

2

Let go, set loose, as in He cast off the line and the boat drifted from the dock. [Second half of 1600s]

3

In knitting, to finish the last row of stitches, that is, take the stitches off the needle and form a selvage. For example, Your sweater is finished; I just have to cast off. [Late 1800s] Also see cast on, def. 1.

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