throw off


verb (mainly tr, adverb)

to free oneself of; discard
to produce or utter in a casual mannerto throw off a witty remark
to escape from or eludethe fox rapidly threw off his pursuers
to confuse or disconcertthe interruption threw the young pianist off
(intr, often foll by at) Australian and NZ informal to deride or ridicule

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Idioms and Phrases with throw off

throw off

1

Cast out, rid oneself of, as in He threw off all unpleasant memories and went to the reunion. [Early 1600s]

2

Give off, emit, as in The garbage was throwing off an awful smell. [First half of 1700s] Also see throw out, def. 1.

3

Also, throw or put off the scent. Distract, divert, or mislead, as in A mistaken estimate threw off her calculations, or These clues were designed to throw the detective off the scent. The variant comes from hunting, where the quarry may try to put pursuing hounds off the scent. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1800s. Also see off the track.

4

Perform in a quick, spontaneous, or casual manner, as in He threw off one sketch after another. [Mid-1700s]

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