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English definition of “slough sth off”

slough sth off

phrasal verb with slough     /slʌf/ verb [T]
literary to get rid of something or someone unwanted : He seemed to want to slough off all his old acquaintances .Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere biology When snakes and other reptiles slough off their skin , they get rid of an old , dead layer of skin .Animal (non-human) behaviourRemoving and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
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