throw off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theythrow off
he/she/itthrows off
present participlethrowing off
past tensethrew off
past participlethrown off
  1. 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.

  2. 3
    to escape from someone who is chasing you

    He threw off his pursuers and fled across the border.

    1. a.
      throw someone off the scent/track to stop someone from finding you or from discovering the truth about something by using a clever plan or trick
  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.

See also main entry: throw