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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theythrow off
he/she/itthrows off
present participlethrowing off
past tensethrew off
past participlethrown off
  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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