Definition of cast off in English:

cast off

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phrasal verb

  • 1cast something off, cast off somethingDiscard something unwanted or undesirable.

    ‘I cast off my clothes, crawled into bed and fell asleep’
    • ‘as an industry we often struggle to cast off tradition’
    1. 1.1cast someone off, cast off someoneExclude someone from a relationship.
      • ‘you told me your family had cast you off’
  • 2also cast something off, cast off somethingKnitting
    Take the stitches off the needle by looping each over the next to finish the edge.

    ‘when the piece of knitting is long enough, cast off’
    • ‘cast off a few stitches at the armhole’
    • ‘Or perhaps a hand-knitted sweater that looks like granny just cast it off her knitting needles for her favourite grandson?’
    • ‘It's a bit nerve-wracking, because you can really see the frill until after the neck edge is cast off.’
    • ‘Somewhere over the Atlantic on Thursday night, I cast off the last stitch.’
    • ‘It does feel good to cast off that last stitch and know that there's only a few ends to weave in.’
    • ‘It was just an experiment piece - where I tried to remember how to knit, purl, cast off, increase and decrease etc.’
    • ‘If I were to do it again, I think that I would rework the button band so that I picked up and knitted 5 rows before casting off.’
    • ‘Sleeves - why does the pattern tell me to mark the rows and then knit 4 or 5 more rows before casting off?’
  • 3also cast something off, cast off somethingSet a boat or ship free from its moorings.

    ‘the boatmen cast off and rowed downriver’
    • ‘Jack cast off our moorings’
    • ‘As the last lines were cast off the ship edged away from the wharf.’
    • ‘The ship gave a sudden lurch as the lines were cast off, and began sliding away from the dock in such a way that it seemed the dock itself was receding from them.’
    • ‘By the time that safety was reached Fitz had picked up the shivering victim, cast off the mooring lines and was motoring out of the marina.’
    • ‘Unfortunately they forgot to cast off the mooring line.’
    • ‘He cranked the engine, cast off the bow and stern lines, and moved quickly out of the harbor.’
    • ‘After trimming the boat, we cast off, Len taking his preferred spot up front, where he can enjoy the rhythm of paddling without the worry of steering.’
    • ‘No person shall launch or beach a boat or weigh anchor or cast off when the Department has by posting an order prohibiting the same.’
    • ‘Joined by ABBM Peter Horne, POMT Chris Shred and CPL Bert Lancaster he cast off and headed to a spot six nautical miles north-north-west of Thursday Island.’
    • ‘Ropes were cast off and stevedores moved in with bargepoles to keep the hull clear of the wharf.’
    • ‘Prehistoric seafarers casting off from their home islands to settle elsewhere would have been sure to take along breadfruit trees, which provide an abundance of fruit.’
    • ‘On August 2, 2003 we cast off from the port of Narssaq, southern Greenland.’
    1. 3.1(of a boat or ship) be set free from its moorings.
      ‘the ferry cast off and made a beeline for the pier’
      • ‘He had come to this conclusion about five minutes into his journey, just after the ship had cast off from the dock.’
      • ‘It's anchors away as the Fleetwood to Knott End ferry service casts off for its yearly service across the Wyre estuary.’
      • ‘At the otherwise silent hotel, I am woken at 6.30 am by the screech of gulls as the mackerel boats cast off from the harbour and head out on the early-morning tide.’
      • ‘The amphibious transport, with 260 sailors and soldiers on board, cast off from the Oil Wharf on May 12.’
      • ‘Jarrod and Nicola were just some of the hundreds of RAN men and women who shared some tearful minutes on the wharf before the warship cast off.’
      • ‘Some require riverboats to cast off from shore before gaming can begin.’
      • ‘Then the MV Pharos cast off, sailing away from the pier for the last time, with the piper playing on deck.’
      • ‘They aimed to beach her, but the inrush of water was too great and the tugs had to cast off as she sank to the sandy bottom at 10.30 pm.’
      • ‘Just under an hour later Ironheart cast off from its moorings and slipped out into the current.’
  • 4cast something off, cast off somethingLet loose a hunting hound or hawk.

    • ‘the king cast off his hawk at the antelope’
  • 5cast something off, cast off somethingPrinting
    Estimate the space that will be taken in print by manuscript copy.

    ‘casting off the manuscript requires a careful examination of the copy itself’
    • ‘The master printer would decide whether the text would be set into type by a single compositor or by a number working simultaneously, in which case the copy would have to be cast off.’