One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Rid oneself of something.‘he was struggling to throw off a viral-hepatitis problem’
get rid of, cast off, discard, shake off, drop, jettison, free oneself of, rid oneself ofView synonyms
- ‘So, after that I decided to throw them off and I haven't used them since.’
2Write or utter in an offhand manner.‘Thomas threw off the question lightly’
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