Definition of be cast away in English:

be cast away

phrasal verb

  • Be stranded after a shipwreck.

    ‘he returned home three years after being cast away on the island’
    • ‘John was cast away on the island of Patmos.’
    • ‘Cast away once, onto the desert island, he finds himself cast away again, by his former love.’
    • ‘Every year a school class picked at random will be cast away on an abandoned island to fight it out amongst themselves.’
    • ‘Guests on the programme select the luxury item they would need to make their lives a little easier if they were cast away.’
    • ‘If you are going to be cast away, Robinson Crusoe island is a good place to be.’
    • ‘While heading home to England, he is cast away on an island, which its geographical proximity to the Americas closely resembles the one in Crusoe.’
    • ‘Already trapped in Fenno-arevo was a small party of slave traders who had also had the misfortune to be cast away on Madagascar's inhospitable south coast after an encounter with pirates.’
    • ‘She plays a spoiled rich wife cast away on a desert island with her hunk of a servant, and they seem to smack each other around a lot.’
    • ‘Sometimes, like in a scene on the Cayman Islands when he meets an old man who has been cast away, it seems as if he might spare a paragraph or two for an emotional response.’
    shipwreck, wreck
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