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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 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 issue 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

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
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Several consortia, including those from the United States, have been formed to bid for contracts to dispose of the chemical arms.
Medical centres are slapped with a Dh200,000 fine if they are found flouting the rules and do not dispose of their waste appropriately as per the regulations issued by Sharjah Municipality.
Michael Stonehouse, 39, of Churchlands Farm, Catton, near Allendale, Northumberland, faced 45 separate charges as he appeared at Tynedale Magistrates' Court in Hexham, ranging from failing to dispose of animal byproducts to failing to apply for a cattle passport, which are all said to have happened in April last year.
In 2004, Georgia residents and businesses spent an estimated $90 million to dispose of these items.
The ban would force Los Angeles and neighboring cities to find other ways to reuse or dispose of biosolids left over after the sewage treatment process.
A producer of less than the minimum amount of hazardous waste, according to federal law, needs only dispose of the waste in a responsible manner.
In order to achieve an orderly liquidation, the company seeks to dispose of approximately 25 percent of the portfolio during each year until 1997.
And one of the most pressing research concerns involves finding ways to dispose safely of the rapidly accumulating stores of diffuse NORM.
Thus, it is not necessary for T to dispose of all 100 shares to recognize the loss realized on the put option.
Ohio's Waste Characterization Study" concludes that Ohioans generate and dispose of more cardboard, office paper, newsprint and mixed paper each year than any other items.
PALMDALE - Looking to make it easier for Antelope Valley residents to dispose of motor oil and other wastes, the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster, Los Angeles County, and Waste Management are joining together to create a household hazardous waste collection center.
If the taxpayer holds those shares for more than a year and does not dispose of them, they are transferred to the long-term category and take the average cost of the disposed-of shares as their adjusted basis.
But more realistically, the less waste you create, the less you have to dispose of or treat.
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