cast aside

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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

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 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