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This question already has an answer here:

This is a simple one... Maybe you can solve it.

What am I:

When you need me, you throw me away.

When you don't need me, you take me back.

Please identify me.

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marked as duplicate by Peregrine Rook, Bass, Chowzen, Rand al'Thor, Mithical Mar 31 '18 at 20:26

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  • $\begingroup$ ... and that question is closed as too broad. $\endgroup$ – Peregrine Rook Mar 31 '18 at 19:23
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Is the item in question

an anchor?

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you add spoiler tags (the characters >! before any line you want to hide) so others don't see the answer before they have a chance to try for themselves? $\endgroup$ – puzzledPig Mar 31 '18 at 18:45
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It could also be a

Fishing net or a fishing rod which you throw in order to catch the fish and get it back when you don't need it

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    $\begingroup$ The 2nd item I agree, I never tossed the 1st when I need it though ;) $\endgroup$ – Heiko Hatzfeld Mar 31 '18 at 18:56
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It could be

A boomerang, when used as hunting equipment, comes back by itself, but you'd still take it back when the hunting's done.

Or for that matter

Any other item thrown away by athletes or for hunting purposes like javelins, discs and balls

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