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Example sentences from the Web for castoff
I spent several days with his team at Nevada two years ago and came away amazed at the culture of a group of players outsiders would have considered castoffs.NCAA’s transfer changes are good for athletes and challenging for coaches. Seems fair.|Jerry Brewer|April 16, 2021|Washington Post
That creates a tough task for Kansas City’s battered offensive line, which is littered with backups and castoffs.Take the Buccaneers and the points against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs|Neil Greenberg|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
People nurtured their starters as if they were particularly needy children, traded recipes for their castoff dough, and photographed the pillowy interiors and artfully slashed crusts like proud parents.These 10 food trends were the distractions we needed in 2020|Emily Heil|December 24, 2020|Washington Post
The underdog franchise, then only five years old, was led by a bowlegged castoff named Johnny Unitas at quarterback.New York City Is the Storied Football Capital of the USA|Ben Jacobs|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
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
So he picked up some castoff feathers of the Peacocks and stuck them among his own black plumes.
British Dictionary definitions for castoff
verb cast off (adverb)
Idioms and Phrases with castoff
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).
Let go, set loose, as in He cast off the line and the boat drifted from the dock. [Second half of 1600s]
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.