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throw off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v throw off get rid of "he shed his image as a pushy boss","shed your clothes"
    • v throw off get rid of "I couldn't shake the car that was following me"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The biggest bell is the "Tsar Kolokol" cast in the Kremlin in 1733. It weighs 216 tons, but alas, is cracked and has never been rung. The bell was being stored in a Moscow shed which caught fire. To "save" it, caretakers decided to throw water on the bell. This did not succeed, as the water hit the superheated metal and a giant piece immediately cracked off, destroying the bell forever.
    • Throw off to expel, to reject, to renounce: to give forth in an unpremeditated manner
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Quotations

  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.”
  • Jean Paul
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    “Cares are often more difficult to throw off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thráwan, to turn, to twist; Ger. drehen, to twist, L. torquēre.

Usage

In literature:

Why on earth couldn't he throw off the fool idea that he was going to lose her?
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Nothing in the world like a big fuss to throw a man off guard, he thought.
"The Space Pioneers" by Carey Rockwell
There was no need for hiding any more, and glad was he to throw off his disguise and put on his Highland dress again.
"The Red Book of Heroes" by Leonora Blanche Lang
He got his throat free, but he could not throw off those clutching hands.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
But they were scairt he would throw me off.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
If I could throw him off, deceive him, convince him that there was no danger!
"The Holladay Case" by Burton E. Stevenson
Throwing off the cloak, he rapidly changed his clothes.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty
When you find yourself on the ground, cut the skin with your knife, and throw it off.
"The Arabian Nights Entertainments" by Anonymous
Mr. Sharps would throw off fifteen dollars.
"Queer Stories for Boys and Girls" by Edward Eggleston
Why don't you throw him off and come to me, who is a fighter?
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
At once, throwing off all attempt at silence, he started running, crouched low.
"Facing the German Foe" by Colonel James Fiske
It is very seldom possible to catch a runner off third by a throw from the pitcher, though it may sometimes be done.
"Base-Ball" by John M. Ward
Trust me to double and throw them off the scent.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
Every cell uses up its own material and throws off poisonous by-products during activity.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
Evidently they had not succeeded in throwing their cunning enemies off the trail.
"The Cave of Gold" by Everett McNeil
He ran and I ran, and I had just time to throw off my clothes and leap into the water, when he got to the bank.
"The Hero of the Humber" by Henry Woodcock
Had his lust for revenge been so great as to throw off all the restraint of Earth's civilization?
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
Throw off thy wayward fancies.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
He tried to throw him off, doubling up his fist, waiting until his arm was free.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
Then rising hurriedly and throwing off his playfulness, he strode to the door and tried to open it.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
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In poetry:

What though I cannot break my chain
Or e’er throw off my load,
The things impossible to men
Are possible to God.
"What Though I Cannot Break My Chain" by Augustus Montague Toplady
But Thou, who knowest all, dost know
What's wisest—kindest—best;
We at Thy feet our off'rings throw,
Do Thou direct the rest.
"Agar's Petition" by John Bowring
There, shut the world out!
How do you feel now, Ottima? There, curse
The world and all outside! Let us throw off
This mask: how do you bear yourself? Let's out
With all of it.
"Pippa Passes: Part I: Morning" by Robert Browning
Give me, thy word, for a two-edged sword —
The shield of faith, to ward off ev'ry dart,
That Satan throws — and constant pray'r, O Lord!
To force the fell invader from my heart.
"Another, On The Same Subject" by Rees Prichard
When I think of Moses it makes me to blush,
All on mount Horeb where I saw the burning bush;
My shoes I'll throw off, and my staff I'll cast away,
And I'll wander like a pilgrim unto my dying day.
"The Masonic Hymn" by Anonymous British
Gently and soft the east wind blows,
And then there comes the whirlwind wild.
When anxious fears pressed round you close,
Your bosom held me as a child.
Now happy, and in peaceful state,
You throw me off and quite forget.
"On The Alienation Of A Friend" by Confucius

In news:

Stephen Strasburg yet to throw off a mound.
Defending champs are off to a brutal start but won't throw in the towel.
We kicked off the fall semester in good fashion, and will continue to throw the biggest party every Thursday with MONSTER NIGHT.
The Oscar winner's mere presence throws off the play's balance, not that the adoring audience would have noticed.
49ers' hard-throwing Kaepernick learning to ease off at times .
Barney 's low, off-balance throw got past first baseman Anthony Rizzo, allowing Hill to score.
As one activist urged, "Don't throw wind power off the fiscal cliff.".
You know he shook me off a couple of times because he wanted to throw fastballs (inside), which is great.
Jimmy Rollins wanted to truly test his new first base man, so he began throwing off target on purpose.
Geoff Bolen tees off by throwing a disc at a nine-hole disc golf course at Montiel Park in San Marcos on Sunday.
"Don't throw any of us off the fiscal cliff," well-known local activist Carol Bailey declared Monday evening during a candlelight vigil outside Rep Jerry McNerney's Stockton district office.
Francisco will take Saturday off and then throw a bullpen session on Sunday.
Delmon Young's throw to home is just a bit off ( GIF ).
View full size An RTA bus driver is just about to punch an unruly passenger before throwing her off a bus.
Fiscal cliff throws off tax advice.
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In science:

Because of instabilities in their interior, AGB stars pulsate and throw off large amounts of mass from their surface (e.g., Vassiliadis & Wood 1993).
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
The other direction that we outlined is deflected anomaly mediation that is based on throwing the scalar masses off the pure AMSB renormalization group tra jectory by integrating out heavy messenger states coupled to a modulus.
Summary of the SUSY Working Group of the 1999 Les Houches Workshop
You would not plan on shouting across the lobby, playing your television at full volume at 11pm, or throwing furniture off the balcony. Framing should not be equated to activating a large, stable instruction list.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
In the short-time control, for the sake of the manipulation of the control field for the delocalized states, we need some strategies in order to throw off the trap in the local minimum, such as genetic algorithm and chaotic itinerancy .
Controllability of Wavepacket Dynamics in Coherently Driven Double-Well Potential
Therefore, there exists an N > 0 so that for all n ≥ N the product f m gnf −m · f −K throws the interval [ar + ε, br − ε] off itself to the right.
Structure theorems for subgroups of homeomorphisms groups
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