Is there a word or phrase to express when someone wants to lose his nasty cat, deliberately trying to leave it in some jungle or street? He tries to lose it in the streets so that it won't come back.

For example: Estelle is trying to _________ her cat.

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    Cat-hater? Skank? – anongoodnurse Aug 12 '16 at 8:13
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    Hi Kalesh, welcome to English Language & Usage. Your question falls within the category of single-word-requests ("SWRs"), so I've edited it to add the tag and also add a sample sentence. FYI for future questions, SWRs have a special requirement: "To ensure your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. You must include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used." [My emphasis]. :-) – Chappo Says SE Dudded Monica Aug 12 '16 at 8:15
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    With 'trying to', 'lose' works. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 12 '16 at 9:27
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    She's trying to ditch her cat. – Dan Bron Aug 12 '16 at 13:21
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    Misplace has a note of delicacy about it. – Sven Yargs Aug 13 '16 at 5:33


verb (used with object)
1. to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert:
"to abandon one's farm; to abandon a child; to abandon a sinking ship."


Estelle is trying to abandon her cat.


Lose works just fine.


(US, informal) verb 2.3 Get rid of (an undesirable person or thing)

"lose that creep!"
"They need to lose that awful voiceover."
"You need to lose that creep before he pressures you into more things you don't want to do."

Synonyms: ditch, abandon, dump...

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    Lose does work; and the ambiguity (of whether the losing is intentional or not) is resolved by the description of Emily as trying to lose her cat. – Vince Bowdren Aug 15 '16 at 20:42

I think abandon works here.

Cease to support or look after (someone); desert:
her natural mother had abandoned her at an early age



What about to get rid of from FreeDictionary:

To rid oneself of (something); discard or get free of

"It's time we got rid of this trash."

Or expel from FreeDictionary

To force or drive out

"to expel an invader from a country".


If you want to put emphasis of an intentional loss made to look like an accident, you could allude to a classic fairy tale, in which something or somebody is lost, making it look like an accident:

  • pulling a Hänsel and GretelHänsel and Gretel is a Grimm fairy tale in which Hänsel’s and Gretel’s parents abandon them in the woods, allegedly to make it look accidental to the fellow villagers. The only disadvantage is that it’s not Hänsel and Gretel who do this but their parents, so technically you would have to say pulling a Hänsel’s and Gretel’s parents, which I consider rather clumsy.

    Estelle is trying to pull a Hänsel and Gretel on her cat.

  • pulling a CinderellaCinderella is another Grimm fairy tale, in which Cinderella losing a slipper turns to her advantage as it allows her desired spouse to find her. Therefore one could allege her of losing the slipper intentionally, although this is not explicitly mentioned in the fairy tale.

    Estelle is trying to pull a Cinderella on her cat.

  • These usages seem to be invented - I have never encountered them in English before. – Vince Bowdren Aug 15 '16 at 20:44
  • @VinceBowdren: I did not claim otherwise. – Wrzlprmft Aug 15 '16 at 20:58

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