Castoff



thrown away; rejected; discarded:
castoff clothing.
a person or thing that has been cast off.
Printing. the estimate by a compositor of how many pages copy will occupy when set in type.
Historical Examples

Doubtless she would hail his wish—half a reform in itself—to castoff the outward signs of an accepted degradation.
What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A player comes on under the shadow, made up in the castoff mail of a court buck, a wellset man with a bass voice.
Ulysses James Joyce

The child pointed to what appeared to be some ragged, castoff clothes left in the hole by the late occupant.
Selected Stories Bret Harte

Behold him, beneath the mass of stale and putrid slime, a castoff, friendless and penniless vagabond.
Treading the Narrow Way R. E. Barrett

So he picked up some castoff feathers of the Peacocks and stuck them among his own black plumes.
The sop for Children sop

Are you not a bit sorry for the neat little halo that now hangs like a piece of castoff clothing on the bedpost of an adulteress?
The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann

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