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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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.
To throw off this burden as quickly as possible, on the third day after his arrival he went, angry and scowling and without answering questions as to where he was going, to Mitenka's lodge and demanded an account of everything.
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.
For a blind man to throw off his cloak-certainly an important piece of clothing for a man in his situation-and then to 'jump up,' not seeing what he was jumping into, must have required a lot of faith.
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.
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.
Many had brought symbolic burdens to throw off the cliff.
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.
But in order to cast off the blinders that hamstrung humanity throughout the Dark Ages, great men like Galileo, Gutenberg, and Magellan not only had to throw off the weight of the Past, but had to teach future generations to also throw off the weight of the Past, even though the Past now included great men like them.