throw off
verb Date: 1604 transitive verb 1. a. to free oneself from ; get rid of <
threw off his inhibitions
>
b. to cast off often in a hurried or vigorous manner ; abandon <
threw off all restraint
>
c. distract, divert <
dogs thrown off by a false scent
>
2. emit, give off <
stacks throwing off plumes of smoke
>
3. to produce in an offhand manner ; execute with speed or facility <
some little…tune that the composer had thrown off — James Hilton
>
4. a. to cause to depart from an expected or desired course <
mistakes threw his calculations off a bit
>
b. to cause to make a mistake ; mislead 5. earn, generate <
an investment that throws off a sizable income
>
intransitive verb 1. to begin hunting 2. to make derogatory comments

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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