To throw off

To expel; to free one's self from; as, to throw off a disease.
To reject; to discard; to abandon; as, to throw off all sense of shame; to throw off a dependent.
To make a start in a hunt or race.

See also: Throw, Throw, Throw

References in classic literature ?
All the strength that was in him he was using to throw off the insidious poison of her parting speech, and it became plainer to him with each succeeding moment that he would have need of strength.
At first, indeed, I pretended that I was describing the imaginary experiences of a fictitious person; but my enthusiasm soon forced me to throw off all disguise, and finally, in a fervent peroration, I exhorted all my hearers to divest themselves of prejudice and to become believers in the Third Dimension.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Then, with a sudden undefined dread lest this stranger might have something to do with a change in her father, she rushed upstairs, checking herself at the bedroom door to throw off her bonnet, and enter on tiptoe.
The mixture, which was at first of a reddish hue, began, in proportion as the crystals melted, to brighten in colour, to effervesce audibly, and to throw off small fumes of vapour.
I think I should have emphasised his patience with the unsuitable mate, and the compassion which made him unwilling to throw off the yoke that oppressed him.
Ahead of Gordon Brown's speech to the Labour Party Conference, Derek Simpson the joint leader of Unite, is calling on the Prime Minister to throw off the shackles of new Labour and reveal the real Labour.
Chapters describe the techniques, skills and drills used by professional tennis players in their training sessions, as well as strategies for raising power, control, and defensive skills, recommended exercises, and solid tennis strategies, such as faking a net approach to throw off the opponent or using a "shuffle step" to reach tennis balls nearby.
We're not that stupid,'' said Bob Reller, a gang-blogger who said he spells his named backward to throw off police.
In a bid to throw off the reputation of being an elitist venue, Priory, which has already been handing out free tennis and squash coaching in schools over the last few years, will be showing off their facilities and sports programmes from 1pm-4pm.
It starts with flexibility and freedom, the desire to throw off authority and live autonomously.
It's a classic tale: Small-town boy moves to the big city to throw off the noose of repression and take a walk on the wild side.