Main definitions of chuck in English

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chuck1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1Throw (something) carelessly or casually.

    ‘someone chucked a brick through the window’
    figurative ‘chucking money at the problem won't solve it’
    • ‘For centuries the discarded fish from the on-board filleting process has been chucked back out to sea for the gulls.’
    • ‘We went out there and chucked the ball around for the first twenty minutes.’
    • ‘I ungraciously chucked in all the books I no longer needed and slammed my locker shut.’
    • ‘Human nature being what it is, books will gradually disappear and get chucked in the bin.’
    • ‘The frightening thing is, though, is that I'd have had more chance of a response if I'd gone and chucked a brick through their window.’
    • ‘Pete stormed off, practically chucking his tray into the pile of dirty dishes.’
    • ‘But the moment the four clowns stop passing paper between themselves and start chucking it into the stalls, the atmosphere changes.’
    • ‘Crack cocaine abuse is escalating in Rochdale - but chucking money at the problem won't solve it.’
    • ‘Of course, any little kid walking past loves him and Mum or Dad feels obliged to chuck a few coins in his hat.’
    • ‘There's amusement in his eyes as he strides into the room casually chucking his jacket over the back of the sofa.’
    • ‘But I also agree with him that the second may be a bit more positive than just the government chucking money at traffic jams.’
    • ‘We didn't have any bread so we chucked in pebbles to get their attention and keep them flapping and diving for us.’
    • ‘Cars had been crushed like balls of paper, and chucked over the side of the bridges.’
    • ‘People in the town feed these pigeons and until they stop chucking food about we will not get rid of them.’
    • ‘But the real test of athletic prowess comes with the mobile phone throwing competition, where contestants attempt to chuck the handsets as far as possible from a standing start.’
    • ‘I also wasted £100 on a contraption to suck up fallen leaves, but that was too irritating to work and after the first go I chucked it into the skip.’
    • ‘Pupils queued up to pay to chuck wet sponges at their teachers and all the money raised went to Comic Relief.’
    • ‘I need to tread very carefully since there are certain matters that are before the courts, and I know only too well about being chucked in jail for contempt of court.’
    • ‘His alarm will be chucked in the dustbin and he can lie-in every day safe in the knowledge of a job well-done.’
    • ‘After the finale though, we sincerely hope their guitars are feeling much better after being chucked around like rubble on a building site.’
    throw, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, project, propel, send, bowl
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    1. 1.1Cricket
      (of a bowler) deliver (a ball) with an unlawful action.
      • ‘They instigate a long-winded and flawed process that ultimately doesn't stop the bowler chucking in a match.’
      • ‘According to the International Cricket Council, ninety-nine per cent of all test bowlers chuck!’
      • ‘The conclusion that all bowlers chuck at varying degrees has stupefied a section of opinion, notably the Australians.’
      • ‘But, in your experience, have you first thought a bowler was chucking and then changed your mind later on?’
      • ‘He made the point that intelligent bowlers did not chuck every ball.’
    2. 1.2Throw (something) away.
      ‘they make a living out of stuff people chuck away’
      • ‘You can enjoy them for a season and chuck them away before you get bored.’
      • ‘There doesn't seem to be any justification for chucking them away after a couple of years, if they've been stored properly.’
      • ‘Anyone who has been surrounded by a huge group of schoolchildren yelling abuse, swiping each other with loaded school bags and chucking trainers out of windows might lack sympathy for children in general.’
      • ‘However, I was just about to chuck the envelope away when I spotted a little sketch Mr Allison had done on the back, which I've reproduced above.’
      • ‘After it has reached a certain point people don't think twice about chucking it away.’
      • ‘I just don't have a specific place to put it all (candle collections, letters from schoolfriends, ornaments, photos, birthday cards etc.) but don't want to chuck it out just yet as I love looking through it all every so often.’
      • ‘When she finished she crumpled the piece of paper into a ball and chucked it away.’
      • ‘I chucked the phone away in the end because I couldn't do both things.’
      • ‘A former Dutch prosecutor, who resigned last year after it emerged he had chucked his old PC out with the trash is in trouble again.’
      • ‘‘He was the guy who chucked my kit out and broke my bat,’ Pietersen recalls.’
      • ‘And if they still don't work, you chuck them away.’
      • ‘People's hearts are in their projects, and you can't chuck things out willy-nilly.’
      • ‘I can never quite bring myself to chuck this shirt away.’
      • ‘Many families buy more food than they can possibly eat - maybe because it is on offer - and chuck it out when it gets past the use-by date.’
      • ‘Besides, I felt relieved as I didn't have to chuck the stuff away.’
      • ‘I thought a bomb had gone off but someone had chucked a TV set out right from the top.’
      • ‘If a box hasn't been opened since 1956, can you morally chuck it out without opening it, on the grounds that if no-one has needed the contents for sixty years I am unlikely to find them useful?’
      • ‘If you leave it, future owners can chuck it out and will not curse your memory.’
      • ‘The pleasure of having a disk that is brimming to capacity, chucking it out and throwing in a new one that's 5 times the size is immeasurable.’
      • ‘Just to put it simply, if I don't get out of town for a few days I'm going to go crazy and start chucking my furniture out onto the Pulaski Skyway down there.’
  • 2End a relationship with (a partner)

    ‘Mary chucked him for another guy’
    • ‘And even though the man who chucked me was the idiot who made me sleep on a camp bed for two-and-a-half years, I was devastated.’
    • ‘I listened to it the day, well the day after, my girlfriend chucked me.’
    • ‘His girlfriend (Grace Kelly at her most beautiful) worries that he has turned into a voyeur, and when he tells her he thinks one of the neighbours has been murdered, she's ready to chuck him.’
    • ‘I suppose my idea of the worst night out ever would be at the extremely loud wedding of a pair of right-wing car enthusiasts - with a boyfriend who chucks me just after we get there.’
    • ‘What his pals had been saying about her had been getting to him, so he'd decided to chuck her.’
    • ‘For the most part, it's about getting back at people who chucked you.’
    • ‘Do not try to save yourself from feeling guilty by behaving like a pig for two months so she'll chuck you.’
    • ‘McFadden has been through a lot: painfully and publicly dumped by her husband, then chucked again by the publicity-seeking Dan Corsi.’
    • ‘If you feel even slightly happy at beating Wales I may have to chuck you.’
    • ‘Some friends are obviously more fun than others, but I think it would be too hurtful simply to chuck her now.’
    • ‘He becomes homesick, his girlfriend chucks him for a Tannadice midfielder, he takes to drink and gives up the game.’
    leave, throw over, drop, finish with, stop going out with, break off one's relationship with, desert, abandon, leave high and dry
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    1. 2.1Give up (a job or activity)
      ‘Richard chucked in his course’
      • ‘Living in digs and going home only at weekends, he remembers coming close to tears after being told ‘You're as well chucking it son, hang your boots up, you'll never be a player’.’
      • ‘Andy, like a man who has chucked in his job and moved to a beautiful city of culture in order to get some writing done, has started up a blog, called Barcablog.’
      • ‘He chucked in his rope-access maintenance job and trained to become one of Poland's first stockbrokers.’
      • ‘When investment bankers and airline stewardesses dream of chucking it all to become candy artisans, this is the chocolate they dream of making.’
      • ‘Tony was from New Zealand, a country where it is not unusual to chuck a well paying job at Cadbury's to fulfil ones wanderlust.’
      • ‘They both chucked in their good jobs, and went off and opened an art and craft shop and gallery in Limerick's Thomas Street.’
      • ‘This story began when Rosemary chucked in her long-time job as a salesperson to join two others in founding GK Pride.’
      • ‘At the time Liam had a great job in sales - he could sell snow to the Eskimos - but wasn't entirely happy with his job, so he chucked it and threw himself into music management.’
      • ‘Anyway - I come home from class feeling lost and sad and like chucking it in but luckily I always manage to be enthused again by the next class and keep at it.’
      • ‘After being found guilty of breaching the non-triers rule for the third time in one season at Perth in April, 1998, a frustrated Guest chucked in his riding permit and left the sport for over a year.’
      • ‘I'd chuck all this to have been a second baseman for the Red Sox.’
      • ‘Remember the women from Swansea who chucked in comfy jobs and bought a collapsing cottage?’
      • ‘That's when the Minish athlete chucked in her pensionable job for the hard world of professional athletics, but she has been an admirable student since then.’
      • ‘Are you ready to chuck in your well-paid but boring Management Consultancy post to pursue a career in the media?’
      • ‘Oh, and did I mention that 12 months prior I had chucked in a cushy job in a University Science department to pursue this dream?’
      • ‘A couple of the receptionists have had to chuck it and get other jobs.’
      • ‘Virago, who chucked in varsity studies to join P&O as a 19-year-old in 1995, urges more women to consider maritime careers.’
      • ‘Mark Albion, who chucked a fast-track career at Harvard Business School, proves that there's a third way.’
      • ‘Freshly enrolled in Ballyfermot senior college in Dublin, the former waiter knew he was right to have chucked in his old job and turned his hand to journalism.’
      • ‘But he chucked the job when the routine got boring.’
    2. 2.2dated Stop doing something.
      ‘chuck it, Ross!’
      • ‘To adapt G. K. Chesterton's advice to another public worthy: chuck it, Hockney.’
      • ‘I can understand why Sir Alex Ferguson is not chucking it.’
      • ‘Just chuck it and try to get back, you won't fare any the worse for it.’
      • ‘He didn't have a problem that way, because at least I wasn't seen to be chucking it.’

noun

informal
  • 1A throw.

    • ‘Needless to say, the effort of the big chuck caused me to throw coils of line all over the place, so I stopped to sort myself out.’
  • 2British A dismissal or rejection.

    ‘he's still wondering why and how Mrs T got the chuck’

Phrases

  • chuck it down

    • informal Rain heavily.

      • ‘Here it is, Friday night again, and it's chucking it down.’
      • ‘It was chucking it down just north of Paris, which I'd feared ever since I'd seen the long range weather forecast earlier in the week, but thankfully the rain ceased just as we pulled into Gare du Nord and the rest of the day was simply glorious.’
      • ‘For one thing, it's chucking it down with rain at the moment, so the warm evening sunshine is highly unlikely.’
      • ‘And it looks like no end is in sight, well, at least not tomorrow, which appears as if it will be chucking it down again.’
      • ‘Abysmal weather today, it rained all day and absolutely chucked it down as I left work making driving home not much fun.’
      • ‘It started raining quite early in the proceedings, continued to chuck it down at various intensities as the afternoon wore on, and ended up with the sort of downpour that Noah must have faced on ark-launching night.’
      • ‘I had been considering hanging out the washing and it suddenly starting chucking it down.’
      • ‘By 10: 00 am it started clouding over, by 11: 00 am it was full cloud, then at midday it just chucked it down.’
      • ‘You'd go out in your shirt sleeves and it would chuck it down with rain, or you'd take your umbrella to work only to lose it on a park bench in the ensuing heatwave.’
      • ‘We played at Bath on New Year's Day and it was chucking it down.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • chuck someone out

    • Force someone to leave a building.

      ‘their landlord chucked them out last night’
      • ‘Eventually, some transmission came through his little ear widget and he shoved me on to another bouncer who escorted me down a dingy hall, stamped my wrist, and chucked me out into the alley.’
      • ‘Oh I see, they're chucking Lisa out and trying to close up for the day.’
      • ‘Hopefully they won't actually chuck me out if I do sneak in.’
      • ‘By the time he is chucked out of the funeral home, he has stirred the audience's pity and contempt in equal measure.’
      • ‘We couldn't believe how unprofessional he was - not to give some kind of formal warning first or have a meeting with us, but just to chuck us out immediately, two young girls on their own.’
      • ‘Unfortunately he has now chucked me out of the family home, saying he never wishes to set eyes on me ever again, but I am so elated by having been accepted by the Marines that, believe me, I can live with this.’
      • ‘‘If we had physically chucked him out of the window and he had landed on the ground rather than the roof, we would have been in trouble as the law stands,’ he said.’
      • ‘It then got a bit ugly - the night porter was called and tried to ‘arrest’ me and chuck me out.’
      • ‘Later, despite his feeble protestations, she petulantly chucks him out.’
      • ‘He chucked her out onto the street and they soon divorced.’
      • ‘He was holding weekly sales in Skipton Town Hall until officialdom stepped in: the fire brigade ruled that Holmes' barrows and other garden furniture were a fire hazard and he was chucked out.’
      • ‘Then one day, he came in saying he had been chucked out of home and needed £100 for a deposit for a house.’
      • ‘He said he only went back for his coat… but I chucked him out again.’
      • ‘We survived although a lot of people didn't and when we reached Australia we were chucked out on the streets and were left to fend for ourselves.’
      • ‘Remember what happened to King Lear; he generously gave away everything to his daughters, who then chucked him out.’
      • ‘She giggled about it and called over this big guy who chucked me out by the ear.’
      • ‘‘We've the same sense of humour,’ said Sylvia, before noting with a chuckle ‘but give us a week and you'd never know she might be chucking me out.’’
      • ‘I was 15 years old and I went to the police station because I was homeless and I had nowhere to stay - my family had chucked me out.’
      • ‘Eventually we were chucked out of the pub and made our way, drunk and happy back to the house to carry on until we passed out wherever we stood.’
      • ‘I feel angry because they just want to chuck me out.’
  • chuck up

    • Vomit.

      ‘I nearly chucked up’
      • ‘‘You want coff?’ he asked when lunch was finished, and you couldn't be sure whether he was offering caffeine, or the chance to chuck up like the Romans, and start again.’
      • ‘I must have looked like a demon cat trying to chuck up a gooey hairball!’
      • ‘God love her, rather than chucking up on the floor, she had the presence of mind to hurl into her umbrella!’
      • ‘Actually, I do think the guy on the right is going to chuck up, but I don't think it's terror.’
      • ‘The oatmeal looked like something that the dog chucked up.’
      • ‘I shudder and feel like I'm about to chuck up on the pavement.’
      • ‘The cramp was making my leg twitch a bit and when I chucked up it just relieved me so much - I was so pleased to get it up.’
      • ‘The way to combat this problem is to revive another ancient Italian tradition by sticking two fingers down your throat and chucking up your meal so as to indulge yourself some more.’
      • ‘My whole body got the heebie-jeebies and even now, as I think about it, I feel like chucking up!’
      • ‘I'm the only one under this roof (besides the cat) who hasn't chucked up her pizza and orange juice.’
      • ‘After a few weeks of chucking up and feeling generally awful, my mother asked me the $64,000 question, ‘Wendy, are you having a baby?’’
      • ‘No-one appeared to know I was chucking up thanks to Uncle Alcohol.’
      • ‘The Queen has advised that I can have her room for the night and I will probably drink so much I end up chucking up in her crown!’
      • ‘I was given so many glasses of Stag's Breath that I chucked up at Tyndrum.’
      • ‘They filled me up with milk to try and keep me quiet, but I sort of overflowed and chucked up all over Mum and her seat.’
      • ‘Not because I'm a fan of marital harmony or anything, but because they both have completely noxious romantic subplots now, subplots that make me want to chuck up my dinner.’
      regurgitate, bring up, spew up, heave up, cough up
      be sick, spew, spew up, fetch up
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Origin

Late 17th century (as a verb): from chuck.

Pronunciation:

chuck

/tʃʌk/

Main definitions of chuck in English

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chuck2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Touch (someone) playfully under the chin.

    ‘he chucked the baby under its chin’
    • ‘‘Of course,’ I say with a smile, chucking her under the chin.’
    • ‘‘You won't go short!’ she says to her son in baby talk, chucking him under the chin.’
    • ‘She smiled wickedly and chucked him under the chin.’
    • ‘Nicholas laughed and lightly chucked Susan under the chin.’
    • ‘She chose that moment to chuck him under the chin, laughter lighting her eyes.’

noun

  • A playful touch under the chin.

    ‘she gave him a good-natured chuck under the chin’
    • ‘But let's be clear there - a chuck under the chin is quite sufficient to convince me that affection can last the distance.’
    • ‘Kelly reached forward and gave her a token chuck under the chin.’
    • ‘He gave the toddler a chuck under the chin which earned him a toothy grin.’
    • ‘Grinning, Jem bends down and chucks Chelsea under her chin.’

Origin

Early 17th century (as a noun): probably from Old French chuquer, later choquer to knock, bump, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation:

chuck

/tʃʌk/

Main definitions of chuck in English

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chuck3

noun

  • 1A device for holding a workpiece in a lathe or a tool in a drill, typically having three or four jaws that move radially in and out.

    ‘a power-drill chuck’
    ‘a three-jaw chuck’
    • ‘Remove the bit and look for any slack in the keyless chuck.’
    • ‘One of the challenges of crank grinding relates to clamping the workpiece in the chuck so that the crank pin can be cylindrically ground.’
    • ‘Also on display are solutions for workholding applications, as well as solutions for turning applications, which include manual lathe chucks, hydraulic power chucks and chuck jaws.’
    • ‘It is a vertical machine with the chuck on top and the whirling head, which is fixed, below: the chuck brings the part to the tool.’
    • ‘When configured as a drill, the tool includes a 24-position clutch and a keyless chuck.’
    • ‘The edger's chuck turns slowly as the lens is cut to shape.’
    • ‘This should loosen the drill chuck from the threaded spindle.’
    • ‘Once I have finished the stem, the balsa wood is removed from the drill chuck.’
    • ‘Place the wood in the chuck of an electric drill which is held in a vice.’
    • ‘Other keyless devices consist of rotating knobs (similar to a chuck on a drill) on the slide mechanism.’
    • ‘His father was a good friend of John Ibbetson, reasonably well known even today for having invented and written about a tool used in ornamental wood turning called the geometric chuck.’
    • ‘The fixed-base router, the router in its most basic form, puts a universal motor in a convenient holder that allows the chuck and bit to be adjusted up and down.’
    • ‘Most new 3/8 " drills already come with a keyless chuck.’
    • ‘The tool surrounds the workpiece and it provides the cutting speed while the workpiece is rotated by the hydraulic chucks; this provides the feed.’
    • ‘To make the feet, the turner placed an offset chuck on the lathe and turned this part of the leg along a second axis.’
    • ‘I then work back to the drill chuck turning the tapering stem.’
    • ‘The collar of the chuck, which is spring loaded, is pulled back to release the bit, and when released locks the bit into the chuck with an internal mechanism which engages the notch in the bit.’
    • ‘The base of the carbon mandrel is placed in the chuck of an electric drill.’
    • ‘The wood in the drill chuck is hand shaped using glass paper to produce the sight tip.’
    • ‘Options include live spindle with C axis, part and tool probe systems, and a range of manual or hydraulic chucks and automatic chuck changers.’
  • 2[mass noun] A cut of beef that extends from the neck to the ribs, typically used for stewing.

    ‘the trays of fat-speckled chuck and sweetbreads had been put in the refrigerator’
    • ‘There were nice fatty chuck roasts, rolled flanks and skirts, four kinds of fresh looking ground beef in those pretty crowns that I knew I'd never learn to make.’
    • ‘That's about the amount in your favorite zinc-enriched breakfast cereal such as specially fortified cornflakes or raisin bran - or in a sizzling, 6-ounce beef chuck steak, for instance.’
    • ‘If you choose cuts of meat labeled chuck or round they will be less tender.’
    • ‘The beef type chuck includes chuck, clod, and round.’
    • ‘Back then, meatloaf prepared with 27% fat ground chuck was standard fare.’
    • ‘Bloom feels that ground chuck is a better choice because sirloin loses its fat and juices, especially on the grill.’
    • ‘I feel I deserve a little bit of happiness, I am not asking for the whole pie, just a good fatty chuck.’
    • ‘Stewed beef chuck is wonderful in curry but needs to be precooked; the 90 minutes it takes to make cubes of chuck roast tender is too long to simmer a curry.’
    • ‘Shred about 10 ounces cooked beef brisket or chuck.’
    • ‘Here are a few guidelines: if you are preparing a red meat based stew use front quarter cuts like a pork shoulder or a beef chuck or ribs.’
    • ‘I use chuck steak because I can find good quality at a reasonable price.’
    • ‘The first gentleman behind the counter said they didn't make their ground beef with chuck.’
    • ‘They prefer chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes to hamburger or ground beef.’
    • ‘They also found that higher levels of marbling were preferred for loin steaks but discounted in chuck roasts.’
    • ‘In recent years, there has been a move toward chilled chucks and rounds and away from loins as the result of stagnant incomes in Japan and continued high prices for imported beef.’
    • ‘To prepare her meat, she seared a 2-pound chuck roast and 4 country-style ribs in a large Dutch oven.’
    • ‘Similarly, the steak and kidney pie is now made with best blade steak rather than chuck beef.’
    • ‘Cut the pork, venison, chuck steak and kielbasa sausage into 2.5cm / 1in cubes, then toss together in the flour.’

Origin

Late 17th century, as a variant of chock; see also chunk.

Pronunciation:

chuck

/tʃʌk/

Main definitions of chuck in English

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chuck4

noun

Northern english
informal
  • Used as a friendly form of address.

    ‘‘Can I help you at all, chuck?’’
    • ‘I was wearing my tattered skirt with a black belt, my chucks, and a really weird purple Sex pistols shirt that I found in the garbage somewhere.’

Origin

Late 16th century: alteration of chick.

Pronunciation:

chuck

/tʃʌk/