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Definition to get rid of something not wanted
such as:
  • items thrown from a ship or plane — typically to reduce weight
  • an idea, plan, or project
  • The seas were so rough, the captain jettisoned some of the cargo to better stabilize the ship.
  • The policy is to jettison excess fuel prior to landing on the carrier.
  • Ten peculiar children and one peculiar bird were made to fit in just three stout rowboats, with much being jettisoned and left behind on the dock.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • He likes the way seagulls swoop down on garbage mounds and trail after ships waiting for the glint of jettison at the bow.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Seemingly, all supervision had been jettisoned.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • His survival instinct told him to jettison the canister right now.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • With a huge heave, he jettisoned the lot into the suspended night.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The smell that hits us as we enter nearly jettisons me backward—out the door, through time, back to fourth grade.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • It's hard to salvage jettisoned cargo and, if it is retrieved, it's usually irreparably damaged.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In Ayemenem they danced to jettison their humiliation in the Heart of Darkness.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Would amnesty be granted because people jettisoned by the regime (and therefore themselves potential political prisoners) request it of the president?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • They had hot-water bottles that they would jettison as soon as the heat dissipated, vacuum bottles of hot tea, and meat sandwiches.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Robert Leader could not suppress a smile of glee as he spotted two large drop-tanks—jettisoned fuel tanks from Navy planes.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • In a matter of only a few seconds, in fact, her eyes appeared to jettison everything that was dark and heavy and to glow with fan-club appreciation.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The first stage depleted its fuel, and the booster coasted for a fraction of a second as it jettisoned stage clamps via explosive bolts.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • He looked at me then like I was an object to be jettisoned if necessary.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Worst-case scenario, we jettison the section on Björck.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • It had jettisoned four thousand years of memories like so much ballast.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Because the plane could carry only a small load, I was forced to jettison some of my "desiderata," including the useless canoe-cum-bathtub.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • These articles, he claimed, caused him to abandon the plan and to jettison all hope of ever succeeding at such a scheme in the future.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City

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