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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theythrow off
he/she/itthrows off
present participlethrowing off
past tensethrew off
past participlethrown off
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  1. 1
    to quickly remove a piece of clothing
    Dieter threw off his clothes and dived into the water.
  2. 2
    to get rid of something that has prevented you from doing what you want to do or from behaving in the way that you want
    I can’t throw off this feeling of sadness.
    throw off the yoke/shackles: They have thrown off the yoke of colonial rule.
  3. 4
    if you throw off a slight illness, you become healthy again
    Healthy people should be able to throw off minor infections without antibiotics.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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