In my native (Georgian) language we have this colloquial saying - throw someone away like an eaten apple, meaning- to get rid of someone after having taken advantage of him/her in a dishonest way.
I have come across a few such sayings in English as well, like- to throw someone away like an old rug or used toothpick or spit someone out like a cherry stone, etc.

I have a question, are there any other such sayings and which one is used more frequently in English?

  • Throw doesn't have the sense of discard in English; you have to use throw away. Feb 24, 2020 at 16:19
  • It's toothpick. With a P, not an ST. Toothstick is too hard to say and never made it. Feb 24, 2020 at 16:48
  • As far as I am aware, there is probably no "set-phrase or saying - people often invent a simile. The general usage is probably most common in written/literary English - less so in spoken. Of the ones that come to mind, "He threw/cast/tossed her aside like an old rag." is relatively common.
    – Greybeard
    Feb 24, 2020 at 17:09
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    @JohnLawler -- I have heard "like an old toothbrush" once or twice. And likely "toothstick" is used to mean "toothbrush" in some cultures.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 24, 2020 at 17:14

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You could try:

Cast aside like an old glove

Discarded like trash

Tossed aside like an old sweater

There are probably more commonly used expressions, but I think you could get creative with this one if you wanted to!

See: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-thesaurus/cast-something-or-someone-aside

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