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cast aside

1. To physically move something that is blocking one's path. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cast" and "aside." Sorry there's so much junk in here right now—just cast those books aside and have a seat.
2. To ignore, overlook, or reject someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cast" and "aside." Of course I'm not trying to cast you aside, you're my best friend! I simply haven't had time to call you this week. To attempt that daring jump on your bike, you'll need to cast aside your fears.
See also: aside, cast

cast away

1. To discard, dispose of, reject, or renounce something or someone. After the divorce, I cast away all mementos from my marriage that were still in the house. The new dictator immediately cast away everyone in the government, replacing them with his personal supporters. I cast away my faith in religion after my wife died.
2. To waste, misuse, or be frivolous with, as of money or resources. The CEO cast away the company's earnings on his own lavish lifestyle. The new director wanted to make an entirely different film, so all that time and work we put into the project have been cast away.
3. Of a ship or sailors, to shipwreck or maroon e.g. on a deserted island. The small fishing vessel, largely destroyed by the storm, was cast away on a tiny piece of land in the middle of the Pacific. The pirates cast away the crew in the lifeboats and made off with their ship and its contents.
See also: away, cast

*away (from someone or something)

avoiding someone or something; maintaining a physical distance from someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; keep ~; stay~.) Please keep away from me if you have a cold. Stay away from the construction site, Timmy.

cast someone aside

 and cast someone off; cast someone away
Fig. to dispose of someone; to reject or discard someone. He simply cast his wife aside, and that was it.
See also: aside, cast

cast something aside

 and cast something off; cast something away
to throw something away. You can't just cast aside a new coat that you've only worn once.
See also: aside, cast

cast away

1. Also, cast aside. Discard, reject, as in He picked a book, then cast it aside, or She cast away all thoughts of returning home. [Early 1400s]
2. Squander, waste, as in She cast away a fortune on jewelry. Shakespeare used this idiom in King John (2:1): "France, hast thou yet more blood to cast away?" [Early 1500s]
See also: away, cast

cast aside

1. To throw or push something or someone out of the way: I cast my coat aside so that he could sit down. She cast aside the boxes in front of the door.
2. To reject or disregard something or someone: The commander cast aside all caution and ordered the troops to charge the fort. I knew you would cast me aside once you became famous.
See also: aside, cast


mod. in prison. (see also Are we away?.) My cousin is away for a year.
References in classic literature ?
But life is vigorous; the body lives, and the body, no doubt, dictated the reflection, which now urged him to movement, that one may cast away the forms of human beings, and yet retain the passion which seemed inseparable from their existence in the flesh.
NNA - MP Simon Abi Ramia said, "We need a transitional solution to the trash issue in Lebanon before reaching a final one, and the access to such solutions will be when some politicians cast away their personal interests from national duties.
The Guru showed people how to cast away parochialism and prejudice.
In an epic adventure of survival that mimics Tom Hanks' Chuck Noland character in the film Cast Away, Jose Ivan ate birds, turtles and fish while drinking the blood of his catches to stay alive.
He said if he was cast away on a desert island the three things he would want with him would be a radio, an attractive lady, and a copy of the Daily Post.
The Saudi Monarch also indicated that the decision taken by GCC leaders to become a federation during the 32nd GCC Summit would provide prosperity and cast away evils against the nation.
TWO wild boar piglets swam for home after being cast away on an island - half a mile from shore.
Summary: Tom Hanks has starred in many iconic films in the past 30 years, but when pushed to name his favourite, he said it was Cast Away.
And on Friday, pupils from Waterville Primary will be restoring their Cast Away garden with the help of staff and volunteers at the centre.
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This is the story of what happens when a set of animals and plants are cast away on an island for millions of years.
Not since Sam Rockwell discovered the terrifying secrets of Moon or Tom Hanks found himself a Cast Away with only a volleyball for company, has the entire weight of a film rested on one actor's shoulders.
Cast Away, which starred Tom Hanks, topped a poll by Lovefilm.
Cast Away, which starred Tom Hanks as the modernday Robinson Crusoe and "Wilson" the volleyball as his only companion, came top of the poll in a survey of more than 2,000 film fans.
Let me cast away that awful, awful thought from your poor, sozzled brains and invite you to join in a collective cwtch on a metaphorical settee that doesn't judge you - whatever you got up to on Thursday night.