1. An act of throwing off something or someone (in various senses of to throw off at throw v.1 Phrasal verbs). Also: that which has been thrown off.
†2. An act of starting off or setting off; esp. (Hunting) the unleashing of the hounds to begin the chase. Obsolete.
3. A mechanism by which some part of a mechanism is disconnected, or its action suspended. Cf. throw-out n. 1b.
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