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To throw overboard

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To throw overboard to discard; to abandon, as a dependent or friend.
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Usage

In literature:

Maynard was determined to get alongside the pirate, so with desperate haste he began to throw his ballast overboard.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
All these are things which, Mr. Chesterton thinks, the intellectual is willing to throw overboard at the bidding of intellect.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
Oh, you don't know how I long to throw my Puritan conscience overboard and just trust your judgment.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Sing out, if you find one, and want any help to throw him overboard!
"Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Was it to throw him overboard because he's mean?
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
The Spaniards, the commodore observed, had neglected to clear their ship, they being engaged in throwing overboard cattle and lumber.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
To throw ballast, stores, cargo, or other things, overboard in stress of weather, to render the vessel more buoyant.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Collins swore he would make Franklin row or throw him overboard, and came along stepping on the thwarts to carry out his threat.
"Benjamin Franklin" by Paul Elmer More
To throw Horble's body overboard would be to accomplish nothing.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
I have good reason to believe he had a hand in throwing the tea overboard.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The surest method of allaying a storm is to throw a prophet overboard.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
I was glad when the paper got so wet that he had to throw it overboard.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
If we try to throw him overboard we shall certainly tip the canoe over.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
I have half a mind to throw the whole cargo overboard when I reach the middle of the lake.
"A Rent In A Cloud" by Charles James Lever
Some of them made a plot to throw Columbus overboard and sail home again.
"The Story of Our Country"
Wright (this was his second mate), tell the carpenter to get Monro's hammock, and sew him up, and throw him overboard.
"Flora Lyndsay" by Susanna Moodie
Moreover, we had been obliged to throw overboard nearly all our provisions and water.
"Hair-Breadth Escapes" by H.C. Adams
He would throw everything overboard, if need be, to make room!
"Victory out of Ruin" by Norman Maclean
They will have to throw a rope, and you will have to catch it, mounseer, and jump overboard.
"Sturdy and Strong" by G. A. Henty
Midshipman, tell my steward to throw the cat overboard.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
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In news:

Enlarge Lori M Nichols / South Jersey Times Six-year-old Bryan Kuhnsman, of Souderton, Pa. Looks worried that ship's mate Bridgette Groves (left), of Marmora, is going to throw him overboard with the help of his mom, Tara.
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