jettison

[ jet-uh-suh n, -zuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF jettison
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They might have defeated their own purpose by making him jettison his contraband!

If it came to the worst, he thought, he could jettison his pack.

So its cheapest to jettison haythanks for that new word, Ed.

No occasion to jettison any of our cargo yet, however useless it may be.

What the country then needed was a jettison of compromises, and a resolution of doubts.

This was the business acquaintance of Prince Bukaty's, who had come to speak of jettison.

"Yes, and to jettison other people's heavy luggage first," said Morewood.

If we start in to jettison cargo, it means I'm a ruined man.

You will not come to me when all is over and ask me to jettison the jacket?

Jettison nodded his head, with a movement indicative of conviction.

WORD ORIGIN

1848, from jettison (n.) "act of throwing overboard" to lighten a ship. This noun was an 18c. Marine Insurance writers' restoration of the earlier form and original sense of the 15c. word that had become jetsam, probably because jetsam had taken on a sense of "things cast overboard" and an unambiguous word was needed for "act of throwing overboard."

Middle English jetteson (n.) "act of throwing overboard" is from Anglo-French getteson, from Old French getaison "act of throwing (goods overboard)," especially to lighten a ship in distress, from Late Latin iactionem (nominative iactatio) "act of throwing," noun of action from past participle stem of iectare "toss about" (see jet (v.)). Related: Jettisoned.

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