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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

dispose of (someone or something)

1. To eliminate someone or something; to get rid of someone or something. The CEO is apt to dispose of any manager who does not agree with him all the time. After our basement flooded, we had to dispose of most of the boxes we'd stored down there.
2. To settle or resolve something. Jean is the best editor in the writing center, so she'll definitely dispose of any issues in your paper.
3. To relocate, sell, or give something away. Once I move into the city, I'll need to dispose of my car.
4. slang To kill someone. We need to dispose of the informant before he goes running to the police again.
See also: dispose, of

man proposes, God disposes

Humans may come up with any number of ambitious or ingenious plans or ideas, but, ultimately, forces outside of our control determine whether they fail or succeed. The sinking of the Titanic, the supposedly unsinkable ship, shows better than perhaps anything else that while man proposes, God disposes. We've given our very best to the project, and, at this point, it's up to fate whether things work out for us. Man proposes, God disposes.
See also: dispose, god, man

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

dispose of someone

Sl. to kill someone. (See also dispose of someone or something.) Max suggested that he would dispose of Lefty if Lefty continued to be a pest. The boss ordered Max to dispose of Lefty.
See also: dispose, of

dispose of someone or something

to get rid of someone or something. (See also dispose of someone.) How can I dispose of this bothersome customer? Where shall I dispose of this wastepaper?
See also: dispose, of

Man proposes, God disposes.

Prov. People may make plans, but they cannot control the outcome of their plans. Jill: Are you really going to be able to finish writing your novel by the end of the year? Bob: Man proposes, God disposes.
See also: dispose, god, man

dispose of

1. Attend to, settle, deal with, as in He quickly disposed of the problem. [Early 1600s]
2. Transfer, part with, as by giving away or selling. For example, They wanted to dispose of the land as soon as possible. [Second half of 1600s]
3. Get rid of, throw out, as in Can we dispose of the trash in this barrel? Oliver Goldsmith had this idiom in She Stoops to Conquer (1773): "I'm disposing of the husband before I have secured the lover." [Mid-1600s]
4. Kill or destroy; also, humorously, consume. For example, The king was determined to dispose of his enemies, or John disposed of the cake in no time. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: dispose, of

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

dispose of

1. To throw out or get rid of something: The government hired contractors to dispose of the nuclear waste.
2. To settle or attend to some problem, question, or situation: We quickly disposed of the problem before anyone found out.
3. To transfer or part with something, as by giving away or selling it: The bank disposed of its bad loans.
4. To kill or destroy someone: The dictator disposed of all his enemies.
See also: dispose, of

dispose of someone

in. to kill someone. The boss ordered Max to dispose of Lefty.
See also: dispose, of, someone
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That means it would have to dispose of 100,000 chemical shells a year, or 260 every day, to complete the disposal by 2007, Hinata said.
The chief minister had directed them to dispose of the cases of petty nature and give justice to them under the law so that they could meet and celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their families.
The Japanese people had been resisting the establishment of such an agency even as the Japanese government had been trying to make it easier for lenders to write down losses so they could dispose of assets.
0 mg/l prior to treatment could dispose the waste in a nonhazardous industrial landfill.
00 m; Approximately 460 m 2 dust wall; Approximately 130 m 2 concrete cutting work with disposal; Approximately cut and dispose of 80 m 2 of masonry; Approximately break off and dispose of 600 m 2 of metal and slatted ceilings; Approximately break off 720 m 2 cement screed and dispose of it incl.
Charities are required to file Form 8282, Donee Information Return (Sale, Exchange or Other Disposition of Donated Property), if they dispose of the property within two years and if the donation was valued at more than $5,000 and acknowledged on Form 8283.
Accordingly, Federal and State environmental regulations, as well as most property transfer contracts, require an owner to separate out and properly dispose of these materials before or during the demolition process.
PRC consists of 35 iron, brass and steel foundries from southeastern Pennsylvania, all of which joined together to develop a better way to dispose of their residual material.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Railways has planned to dispose of 183 old locomotives of different horse powers in a phased manner till the year 2019-20.
KARACHI, May 04, 2010 (Frontier Star): Chief Secretary Sindh Fazal-ur-Rehman has directed to dispose off industrial waste from site industrial areas and also directed to allot separate places in all five zones to collect industrial waste.
In Letter Ruling 200236026, a corporation sought to dispose of certain properties and reinvest in like-kind properties with the proceeds from the sales.