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Word Example of - cast-off

    Example Sentences for cast-off

    The snakeskin bird gets its name from its habit of using the cast-off skins of snakes for decorative purposes.

    I require neither your money, your food, nor your cast-off raiment.

    He tells us himself that he depended on chance for a meal and wore his fellow students' cast-off clothes.

    Cast-off the topsail sheets and let everything go by the run!

    You have a cast-off son who perhaps at this very moment is standing on the threshold of destruction.

    Exuviation: the act of molting: the cast-off skin or exuvium.

    Does not the whole of the civilised world wear the cast-off clothes of Paris?

    The water-line is strewn with cast-off salmon heads and entrails.

    As it was, she followed his poor, cast-off, worn-out body as if she were borne along by some oppressive dream.

    Deerhurst must not become a receptacle for all the cast-off burdens of humanity.

Word Origin & History of - cast-off

    Word Origin & History

    cast c.1230, from O.N. kasta "to throw." The noun sense of "a throw" (c.1300) carried an idea of the form the thing takes after it has been thrown, which led to varied meanings, such as "group of actors in a play" (1631). OED finds 42 distinct noun meaning and 83 verbal ones, with many sub-definitions. A cast in the eye preserves the older sense of "warp, turn," in which it replaced O.E. weorpan (see warp), and is itself largely superseded now by throw. Still used of fishing line and glances.

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