1) ADJ: ADJ n A throwaway product is intended to be used only for a short time, and then to be thrown away.

Now they are producing throwaway razors.

A throwaway is a throwaway product.

She's taken surplus goods and throwaways and given them useful new lives with the aid of paint and imagination.

2) ADJ: ADJ n If you say that someone makes a throwaway remark or gesture, you mean that they make it in a casual way, although it may be important, or have some serious or humorous effect.

...a throwaway remark she later regretted...

The humour and throwaway lines ensure that the piece never loses its pace.

English dictionary. 2008.

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