throw off


throw off
1) PHRASAL VERB If you throw off something that is restricting you or making you unhappy, you get rid of it.

[V P n (not pron)] ...a country ready to throw off the shackles of its colonial past...

[V n P] One day depression descended upon him, and wherever he went after that he could never throw it off.

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2) PHRASAL VERB If something throws off a substance, it produces it and releases it into the air.

[V P n (not pron)] The belt may make a squealing noise and throw off sooty black particles of rubber...

[V P n (not pron)] The star grew 30% brighter and threw off huge amounts of radiation.

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3) PHRASAL VERB If you throw off people who are chasing you or trying to find you, you do something unexpected that makes them unable to catch you or find you.

[V P n (not pron)] He is said to have thrown off pursuers by pedaling across the Wisconsin state line...

[V n P n] He tried to throw police off the track of his lover. [Also V n P]

4) See also throw 13)

English dictionary. 2008.

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