cast off (third-person singular simple present casts off, present participle casting off, simple past and past participle casted off) (simple past and past participle more properly cast off)
- (transitive) To discard or reject something.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
- However, with the dainty volume my quondam friend sprang into fame. At the same time he cast off the chrysalis of a commonplace existence.
- (transitive, intransitive, nautical) To let go (a cable or rope securing a vessel to a buoy, wharf etc) so that the vessel may make way.
- (intransitive, knitting) To finish the last row of knitted stitches and remove them securely from the needle.
finish the last row of knitted stitches and remove them from the needle