throw away

throw away
throw away (v.) late 14c., "to reject, cast from oneself," from THROW (Cf. throw) (v.) + AWAY (Cf. away). More literal meaning of "dispose of as useless, release from one's possession as unneeded" is first recorded 1520s. Throw-away (adj.) is first recorded 1924, originally of prices so low they amounted to giving away the merchandise; with ref. to disposable goods, it is attested from 1969.

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