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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycast off
he/she/itcasts off
present participlecasting off
past tensecast off
past participlecast off
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to get rid of someone or something

    It took many years for Chicago to cast off its reputation as the home of violent gangsters.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to untie the rope fastening your boat to the land so that you can sail away
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a boat casts off, it is untied and moves away from the land
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to finish a piece of knitting by removing the stitches from the needle and making a neat edge
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