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castoff

[kast-awf, -of, kahst-] /ˈkæstˌɔf, -ˌɒf, ˈkɑst-/
adjective
1.
thrown away; rejected; discarded:
castoff clothing.
noun
2.
a person or thing that has been cast off.
3.
Printing. the estimate by a compositor of how many pages copy will occupy when set in type.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cast off
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Examples for castoff
  • The crowd cheers as the flames quickly consume him, along with all of their castoff gloom from the past year.
  • The purple velveteen curtain is shabby, a castoff from the public school.
  • She could convince herself that she was not really eating if she allowed herself to consume such a lowly castoff.
  • The top of the duff is where needles, leaves, fruits and other castoff vegetative material have noticeably begun to decompose.
  • The top of the duff is where needles, leaves, and other castoff vegetative material have noticeably begun to decompose.
  • If only a few castoff computers or gadgets had to be disposed of, it wouldn't be much of a problem.
British Dictionary definitions for castoff

cast-off

adjective
1.
(prenominal) thrown away; abandoned cast-off shoes
noun
2.
a person or thing that has been discarded or abandoned
3.
(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 (adverb)
4.
to remove (mooring lines) that hold (a vessel) to a dock
5.
to knot (a row of stitches, esp the final row) in finishing off knitted or woven material
6.
(printing) to estimate the amount of space that will be taken up by (a book, piece of copy, etc) when it is printed in a particular size and style of type
7.
(intransitive) (in Scottish country dancing) to perform a progressive movement during which each partner of a couple dances separately behind one line of the set and then reunites with the other in their original position in the set or in a new position
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