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throwaway adj
1 thrown away; "wearing someone's cast-off clothes"; "throwaway children living on the streets"; "salvaged some thrown-away furniture" [syn: cast-off(a), discarded, throwaway(a), thrown-away(a)]
2 intended to be thrown away after use; "throwaway diapers" [syn: throwaway(p)]


1 a homeless child who has been abandoned and roams the streets [syn: street arab, gamin]
2 an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution; "he mailed the circular to all subscribers" [syn: circular, handbill, bill, broadside, broadsheet, flier, flyer]
3 words spoken in a casual way with conscious under-emphasis

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From throw + away.


  1. Disposable; intended for a single use prior to being discarded.
    Water was provided in throwaway plastic bottles, but the ecologically minded of us refilled our initial bottles from the fountain.
  2. Extemporaneous; off the cuff.
    The host made a throwaway remark about the president that was later repeated in all the new sound-bytes.

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