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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAST AWAY

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

"'A time to get and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away,'" he quoted.

We seem to have chosen the most forsaken spot in Denboro to be cast away in.

What had she done for him that he should cast away everything for her sake?

There are plenty of spots where she can be cast away safely and none to know it.

The clothes I was cast away in are below, and I'll show you them.

We went blindly into the peril, and they cast away the victory which they had won.

There thou must cast away all thy possessions and imperil all thy riches.

Thinks I—why, I can't have Tumm cast away, for what would his mother do?

How was it that the ship came to be cast away, I should like to know?

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "a throw, an act of throwing," from cast (v.). In early use especially of dice, hence figurative uses relating to fortune or fate. Meaning "that which is cast" is from c.1550s. Meaning "dash or shade of color" is from c.1600. The sense of "a throw" carried an idea of "the form the thing takes after it has been thrown," which led to widespread and varied meanings, such as "group of actors in a play" (1630s). OED finds 42 distinct noun meaning and 83 verbal ones, with many sub-definitions. Many of the figurative senses converged in a general meaning "sort, kind, style" (mid-17c.). A cast in the eye (early 14c.) preserves the older verbal sense of "warp, turn."

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