Definition of throw in English:


verbthrowing, threw, throws, thrown

  • 1with object and usually with adverbial Propel (something) with force through the air by a movement of the arm and hand.

    ‘I threw a brick through the window’
    • ‘Windows are frequently broken and stones have even been thrown through windows during services.’
    • ‘Mila rolled her eyes and threw one of her pillows at him.’
    • ‘A minute later, the door opened and John threw a five dollar bill at her.’
    • ‘In once lightening movement she threw a dagger from her boot towards the soldier.’
    • ‘He said the family's troubles began when local youths started throwing eggs and stones at their windows.’
    • ‘The two sides threw bottles and stones at one another until they were separated by police.’
    • ‘Madeleine burst out laughing at my grumpy expression and threw one of her pillows at me.’
    • ‘Whirling around, he swung hard with the Golden Axe, deflecting a flurry of knives that had been thrown in his direction.’
    • ‘He said the boys threw lumps of concrete and bricks at his client's window and doors.’
    • ‘He palmed another stone and threw it again, with more force.’
    • ‘Running towards the house alone, through a hail of bullets, he threw bombs at the position and silenced the gun.’
    • ‘Some demonstrators then threw stones at the officers.’
    • ‘On the walls abstract paintings have had fused to their surface small ceramic plates which appear to have been thrown at them with some force.’
    • ‘Just than a passing youth snatched the woman's handbag and sprinted off, throwing it to another boy on a bike.’
    • ‘After repeatedly warning the boys to stop throwing food and keep quiet, the manager finally told them to leave.’
    • ‘Bo heard a gasp, and then something being thrown in his general direction.’
    • ‘Seeing the movement, he threw his knife hitting the man squarely in the chest.’
    • ‘Often, there'd be the added distraction of other gangs of local layabouts throwing sticks and stones at you an your way through.’
    • ‘We were throwing dirt and stones on their faces.’
    • ‘‘They were picking up stones and throwing them at the swans,’ he added.’
    hurl, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, aim, direct, project, propel, send, bowl
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial or complement Push or force (someone or something) violently and suddenly into a particular physical position or state.
      ‘the pilot and one passenger were thrown clear and survived’
      ‘the door was thrown open and a uniformed guard entered the room’
      • ‘The officer on the passenger side was thrown clear of the wreck and was only slightly hurt.’
      • ‘Swivelling his aim again the man threw himself backward as he gained sight of the jeep.’
      • ‘Immediately the rear passenger door was thrown open and a man leapt into the seat behind him and grabbed him around the throat.’
      • ‘The physical force of the explosion threw me back into the wall.’
      • ‘Just at that moment, I was thrown violently down in the seat as the bus suddenly careened to the side and gave a giant jerk.’
      • ‘As they started to leave, they heard a tremendous roar and clattering, banging, and thundering of doors and windows being thrown open by the wind.’
      • ‘With that, a force suddenly threw us both out of the circle again.’
      • ‘The force threw Rebecca off the bed - it was just horrific.’
      • ‘Once she was about to release the energy she was suddenly thrown back into the wall by an invisible force.’
      • ‘I bent down to take them but then the door suddenly slammed open and I was thrown back, head first.’
      • ‘Suddenly, he threw his weight against the wood, trying to push it.’
      • ‘I threw my bedroom door open at ten at night and smiled because my homework and chores were finally completed.’
      • ‘I walked in the door and threw open three of the windows.’
      • ‘The force throws me forward on to my hands and knees and I gasp rather than scream.’
      • ‘He was about halfway to me when he was suddenly thrown back into the air.’
      • ‘A sharp force hit her suddenly and she was thrown off the bed.’
      • ‘I threw open his closet and grimaced at the dust that flew from it.’
      • ‘His SUV was suddenly thrown to the side violently when a truck came barreling down from the left side of the intersection.’
      • ‘I am on the phone in my room when the force of the explosion throws me off the chair.’
      • ‘Suddenly the ship was thrown violently to the right.’
      move quickly, move suddenly, push suddenly, push violently, thrust, fling, propel, shoot, slam, smack, bang, crash, thump, push, force
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    2. 1.2 Put in place or erect quickly.
      ‘the stewards had thrown a cordon across the fairway’
      • ‘A cordon thrown around the house was extended during a search of the house yesterday and a tent was put up at the front door.’
      • ‘A tight security cordon has been thrown up around the centre to secure the privacy of relatives of the missing.’
      • ‘Bomb disposal experts were called to the scene, the station was evacuated and a cordon thrown around the area until the all-clear was given.’
      • ‘A police cordon will be thrown around streets near Bank station on Sunday and the incident will also involve staff at University College Hospital.’
      • ‘A security cordon 20 kilometres wide has been thrown around the resort village.’
      • ‘One time I went down and went to the house and walked through the Secret Service cordon that had been thrown around the house.’
    3. 1.3 Move (a part of the body) quickly or suddenly in a particular direction.
      ‘she threw her head back and laughed’
      • ‘Without stopping his movement, Trent threw his arms around Ally and she did the same to him.’
      • ‘In one swift and graceful movement, she threw her arms around him, burying herself in the fabric of his clothing.’
      • ‘The flushed cheeks didn't disappear when an arm was thrown carelessly about his shoulders.’
      • ‘He cleared his throat, thumped on his chest a bit, then threw his arms out wide.’
      • ‘She opened the door and threw her arms around Logan relieved.’
      • ‘I laughed a little and opened the door, throwing my arms around his neck and hugging him tightly.’
      • ‘Her arms were thrown up in the air in exasperation, she turning away momentarily.’
      • ‘Dice woke groggily and rolled over, throwing one arm over to the side.’
      • ‘She opened the door, threw her arms around him, and pressed her lips to his.’
      • ‘And suddenly, someone threw an arm around my waist and yanked me back, right off my feet.’
      • ‘We don't know what he said but Annabelle stood in the doorway stunned a moment before flinging the screen door open and throwing her arms around them.’
      • ‘Gangling and physical, she throws her limbs about and struggles out of her battered army jacket.’
    4. 1.4 Project or cast (light or shadow) in a particular direction.
      ‘a chandelier threw its bright light over the walls’
      • ‘Her reflection was eerie and the skylight threw a shocking bright light down on top of her.’
      • ‘As Tracy replied, the sun soared out from behind a cloud and threw brilliant rays of light through the window.’
      • ‘She watched the shadow that was thrown on the wall.’
      • ‘Then two of the lamps that move round to throw the prettiest patterns on the walls and ceiling turned out to be faulty.’
      • ‘The small flame threw odd angled shadows across the dark ceilings and walls.’
      • ‘The furnaces along the far wall were roaring, opened doors throwing skittering shadows across the huge foundry floor.’
      • ‘The cracking campfire threw warm, dancing light over everything, shadows flickering at the edges.’
      • ‘Light from the right throws the shadow of a French door or tall window onto the walls and drapes.’
      • ‘The blinds in the living room cast off an eerie glow of white light, slants thrown across the room.’
      • ‘She could see his shadow, thrown onto the wall over her head, and watched him out of the corner of her eye.’
      • ‘She poked at the fire causing it to flare up and throw more shadows across their faces.’
      • ‘The painting is subtly lit from the right of the frame (as you look at it), and a shadow thrown on the wall to the left.’
      • ‘Individual fixtures are fitted onto a surface-mounted or suspended track and may be adjusted to throw light in any direction.’
      • ‘The two backed into a small shaft of light thrown by a small window above.’
      • ‘The light bulb from the ceiling caused the shadows to be thrown at an odd angle to the left.’
      • ‘The circle of light thrown by the flashlight was still hitting a granite wall, but a feet or two lower, it was not.’
      • ‘The mirror throws a bright light into a moderately lit room with walls of blackest brown.’
      • ‘If your car is equipped with fog lights, you may find it helpful to turn these on, as they throw a little extra light on the road while making your car easier to see.’
      • ‘The light threw shadows around the cluttered room as I rubbed my eyes, and sighed at the lines on the drawing board.’
      • ‘The men cross the dunes; afternoon light throws long shadows onto the scrub.’
      project, cast, send, give off, emit, radiate
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    5. 1.5 Deliver (a punch)
      ‘Cheryl drew back her fist and threw another punch’
      • ‘You smash them until they are unable to make a fist, much less throw a punch.’
      • ‘Once he reached the wounded youth, he was forced to dodge a punch thrown randomly in his direction.’
      • ‘You had one fighter aggressive and moving forward and the other fighter countering effectively but not throwing as many punches.’
      • ‘Without warning, Jason stepped forward, and threw out a punch; his fist connecting with Josh's cheek.’
      • ‘Meanwhile he throws quick, accurate punches at the right time to the right place.’
      • ‘She said the fight lasted only two or three minutes and she saw ten to 15 punches thrown.’
      • ‘It's a sport which makes some people very rich, few of them ever having had to throw or take a punch in the process.’
      • ‘He throws out a weak punch that strikes me across the face.’
      • ‘The Blue Archer quickly recovered and threw a few more punches, a few hitting their mark, parrying the retaliating blows well.’
      • ‘The first punch I threw at Rusty landed, but he managed to block everything else.’
      • ‘I can throw a punch harder than Philip.’
      • ‘He tells himself over and over, I need to throw more punches.’
      • ‘He jumped up, and charged into the stands, throwing punches as he climbed over seats.’
      • ‘He got up quickly and both fighters began to battle quickly, blocking a punch, then throwing one.’
      • ‘The next punch she threw he caught, trapping her tiny fist in his hand.’
      • ‘There was no serious scuffling and no punches thrown.’
      • ‘She took several steps and threw a quick right punch at the man, but he side stepped and grabbed her arm.’
      • ‘Tom charged the intruder, but before he could throw a punch the boy grabbed his head and slammed it into the rock wall.’
      • ‘He needs to throw harder punches, and that he's not connecting for that reason.’
      • ‘The movements and throwing a punch was too much for her weak ribs.’
      deliver, give, land
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    6. 1.6 Direct a particular kind of look or facial expression.
      ‘she threw a withering glance at him’
      • ‘He threw one last glance in the direction Cat had gone before yelling ‘Come and get me, you worms!’’
      • ‘I guessed he must be getting his fair share of the evil eye too, if the bewildered expression he threw her was anything to go by.’
      direct, cast, send, dart, shoot, bestow on, give
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    7. 1.7 Project (one's voice) so that it appears to come from someone or something else, as in ventriloquism.
      ‘I can throw my voice—I could make a fortune as a medium’
      • ‘He points it at them and uses it as a ventriloquist's dummy, throwing his voice into it and waggling it about to make it look as though they're talking.’
    8. 1.8throw something off/on Put on or take off (a garment) hastily.
      ‘I tumbled out of bed, threw on my tracksuit, and joined the others’
      • ‘She buys all her clothes from charity shops- they always have holes in the knees, and fraying sleeves, but she carries them off with an air of effortlessness, as if she just rolled out of bed and threw these things on.’
      • ‘Seeing as I wasn't about to fall back asleep, I slowly crawl off my bed, and throw a bathrobe on, creeping quietly out into the hall.’
      • ‘I quickly threw some clothes on, pulled my hair back, grabbed my backpack, and ran out the door.’
      • ‘Some of the villagers went into a panic, and hastily threw some clothing on and tried to run.’
      • ‘I frantically scramble out of bed and throw some clothes on whilst yelling ‘Hang on a sec!’’
      • ‘She flew out of bed, threw some clothes on, grabbed her books and glasses and ran out the door.’
      • ‘He threw them on and slipped on some black loafers next to his bed.’
      put on quickly, pull on, drag on, don quickly, slip into
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    9. 1.9 Move (a switch or lever) so as to operate a device.
      ‘at the trolley portal the operator had to manually throw the switch using a switch iron’
      • ‘Are there particular enzymes that could be targeted to reduce genomic instability, active-site switches to throw on or block?’
      • ‘There is no other institution in the world that teaches its people to throw that many switches that fast.’
      • ‘If only there were a switch we could throw to put it right.’
      • ‘Danby reached for it, but Nikola stretched his hand out toward the device and threw a switch.’
      • ‘At the trolley portal the operator had to manually throw the switch using a switch iron.’
      • ‘When the parents arrive it's as if a switch has been thrown and behaviour patterns set back twenty or more years.’
      • ‘We held our breath as this switches were thrown and the power came up.’
      • ‘It's really too bad that far too much time is spent running around them either looking for the next ledge to jump to, or trying to find which switch to throw so you can get on with the killing.’
      • ‘He's throwing switches, pushing buttons, and changing things around a bit.’
      • ‘Seeing A's switch thrown to the right, she now moves her switch to the right as well.’
      • ‘Just before the lever gets thrown, Rocky erupts into a watery, gelatinous mass of pleading regret.’
      • ‘Change is not like a switch that gets thrown and you're forever different.’
      operate, switch on, click on, engage, move
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    10. 1.10 Roll (dice)
      ‘he reached out and put the dice in the shaker and threw them’
      • ‘They asked God to decide for them, and they cast lots kind of like throwing dice, actually.’
      • ‘This was the first pair of dice thrown out in Atlantic City.’
      • ‘At the core of the game is throwing dice on the table for positioning.’
      • ‘This guess is like the prediction that a six-sided dice thrown 6,000 times lands exactly 1,000 times on the prime side.’
      • ‘It's like something designed by throwing dice, and the phone itself feels like it's made out of dried spittle and chewed-up paper.’
      • ‘It was an interruption of his concentration upon the interminable playing of dominoes, or cards, or throwing dice.’
      • ‘Players land ships at anchorages and venture inland in search of buried treasure by putting counters on numbered squares after throwing dice.’
      • ‘Second, the dice must be thrown down the center of the table and they must hit the pyramid contoured foam rubber padding against the back wall of the table.’
      • ‘A pair of starved-looking women huddled against a fountain, throwing dice in absolute silence.’
      • ‘The sample plot in Figure 1 is the outcome of a pair of dice thrown a large number of times.’
      • ‘Only one condition I beg you to accept: she and I will both play with only one dice each and the dice will be thrown only thrice.’
      • ‘People are chattering and laughing; dice are being thrown; there is the constant clattering of mah-jong tiles.’
      • ‘These scholars did not obtain these dates by throwing dice!’
      • ‘With that he called for Sylvanius, who was throwing dice with the shipwrights by the boat yard.’
      • ‘The dice have already been thrown and we cannot reverse the roll.’
      • ‘One designated player is required to play cards from his hand matching the colours shown on the thrown dice.’
      • ‘Physical methods such as tossing coins or throwing dice or picking numbered balls from a rotating drum as in Lottery games are always unpredictable.’
    11. 1.11 Obtain (a specified number) by rolling dice.
      • ‘Finally he took the dice and started throwing an endless number of points.’
    12. 1.12informal Lose (a race or contest) intentionally, especially in return for a bribe.
      ‘the man who throws a race is a crook for life’
      • ‘He accuses his opponent of offering him a bribe to throw a match.’
      • ‘For years, he had alleged that a player had offered him a bribe to help throw the match.’
      • ‘They are not averse to accepting bribes and throwing matches.’
      • ‘I've been wondering for a while whether he was persuaded to take a bribe in return for throwing the match.’
      • ‘My reasoning is that if he had wished to throw that race, he would have ridden it in every other way than in the manner that was witnessed.’
      • ‘The case is based on tapes of a conversation in which police say he discussed payments for himself and others in return for throwing a match.’
      • ‘We are in no way imputing that he tried to bribe him to throw a match.’
    13. 1.13Cricket Bowl (the ball) with an unlawful bent arm action.
      • ‘The rules simply say that for a delivery to be fair, the ball must be bowled, not thrown.’
      • ‘The Laws of Cricket say that a delivery must be fair, and that for a delivery to be fair the ball must not be thrown.’
    14. 1.14 (of a horse) lose (a shoe).
      • ‘Horses throw shoes, eat food and destroy tack at an alarming rate.’
      • ‘Just before arriving in the village, her majesty's horse threw a shoe and she walked her animal the rest of the way to the stable to have it looked at.’
  • 2with object and adverbial Send suddenly into a particular state or condition.

    ‘he threw all her emotions into turmoil’
    ‘the bond market was thrown into confusion’
    • ‘But he also argued it would throw Myanmar into confusion similar to that in Indonesia now if democracy movements were pushed for too hastily.’
    • ‘But the plan was thrown into disarray even before the troops began landing.’
    • ‘The bourgeois order had been based on a clear distinction of male and female roles and identities, which were now thrown into confusion.’
    • ‘This is about the fifth time in three years that the place has been thrown into utter confusion.’
    • ‘The three are thrown into wild confusion as suspicion and jealousy upset the domestic bliss.’
    • ‘The airport, which had to be shut down for two hours, was thrown into confusion as news of the incident reached passengers.’
    • ‘The anti-war movement in Britain has thrown Muslims and the left into common struggle.’
    • ‘Alyx's whole being was thrown into confusion at what his father just told him.’
    • ‘But a report warns any re-development could be thrown into jeopardy by Government proposals to give the market hall listed building status.’
    • ‘When Kevin returns home unexpectedly the calm of rural life is thrown into disarray.’
    • ‘The result was to throw China into almost total economic dependence on the Socialist bloc.’
    • ‘Several branches have threatened to leave the movement, which could throw its future into doubt.’
    • ‘Sources said the disappearance of the weapon threw the police into confusion, with some openly accusing others of misdeeds.’
    • ‘They faced each other, the flickering light casting eerie shadows and throwing their faces into sharp relief.’
    • ‘Ken's mind was racing, he had been thrown into an insane situation so quickly and unexpectedly, he wasn't sure what to do.’
    • ‘When China was thrown into chaos by the 1931 Japanese invasion, he came to see the peasant villages as the strength of a new future.’
    • ‘The next morning, Alexis woke early and was instantly thrown into confusion at the presence of the blanket.’
    • ‘A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth.’
    • ‘Like a practiced ballet, Octavia and Derek performed simultaneous moves which threw her off balance.’
    • ‘She was standing underground in a grey-brown tunnel, and all around bright lights threw everything into sharp relief.’
    1. 2.1 Put (someone) in a particular place or state in a rough, abrupt, or summary fashion.
      ‘these guys should be thrown in jail’
      • ‘A convicted thug has been jailed for throwing a witness to the floor when the pair met by chance in a corner shop.’
      • ‘His other two sons were thrown into jail and were later released.’
      • ‘He was thrown in jail because of a controversial pamphlet that he wrote.’
      • ‘She was sure that this man would have thrown her in jail had she not escaped from his cart.’
      • ‘He was thrown in jail for a year, and on the date of his release sent a message to his supporters to gather at the same hall he had been in when arrested.’
      • ‘If I don't pay up, they can bankrupt me, seize my property, and throw me into jail.’
      • ‘He was thrown in jail three times, once for the unpardonable sin of allowing two lesbians to kiss in his club.’
      • ‘While he was on his way home the police stopped him, roughed him up some more, and threw him into a jail cell.’
      • ‘He was thrown in jail about six years ago for rape and sexual assault.’
      • ‘It's not that they'll beat you up and torture you and throw you into jail.’
      • ‘Eyebrows were raised this week when a criminal pleaded with a judge to throw him back in jail.’
      • ‘He is handcuffed, strip-searched and brutalised by officials who throw him into jail.’
      • ‘My father was thrown in jail, we moved to a less affluent area of Maseru, and we skimped big time on clothes and on food.’
      • ‘They were gonna throw him in jail and he didn't have any money because he spent all the money working on the party games.’
      • ‘She agreed to go to a woman's home and her husband was thrown into jail.’
      • ‘In the Quran he is not thrown into jail after being falsely accused of attempted rape as the Bible relates.’
      • ‘The next day, my girlfriend told me the news but assured me that we were small fish to the cops, who were more interested in shutting down our agency than in throwing us all in jail.’
      • ‘Of course nobody believed him, and he was thrown into jail.’
      • ‘He bragged of his ability to throw anyone in jail at whim.’
      • ‘I don't know what the council intends to do with us, are they going to throw us all in jail?’
    2. 2.2with object Disconcert; confuse.
      ‘she frowned, thrown by this apparent change of tack’
      • ‘Christina was so thrown by the abrupt change of subject that she couldn't think of a proper reply.’
      • ‘He is thrown by the direct logic of the question.’
      • ‘I guess me not moving after being thrown by the song had got her thinking the worst.’
      • ‘He is momentarily thrown by the comparison, but quickly warms to the topic.’
      • ‘That's why I was so thrown off when the door suddenly opened and I ended up falling hard against something very warm.’
      • ‘We are less likely to be thrown by losing our jobs than our parents might have been.’
      • ‘But I wasn't, so I just carried on with the show, a little shaken and thrown.’
      disconcert, unnerve, fluster, ruffle, flurry, agitate, harass, upset, disturb, discomfit, put off, put someone off their stroke, throw off balance, make nervous, discompose, discountenance, cause someone to lose their composure
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  • 3with object Send (one's opponent) to the ground in wrestling, judo, or similar activity.

    ‘in the final Arnaud was too strong, and threw Hughes twice’
    • ‘He had a disastrous opening performance on Monday in the wrestling, being thrown by Romeo, who took an early lead in the competition.’
    • ‘Next to them, 14 judo athletes took turns throwing one another.’
    • ‘Judo is a martial art combining the use of quick movement and leverage to throw an opponent.’
    • ‘She would allow him to attack with a karate chop, and he would throw her with Judo.’
    • ‘He had a small body but he did marvelous judo, and could throw larger opponents without using any power.’
    • ‘The art also emphasizes throwing the opponent - much like in judo - as well as various arm locks.’
    fell, throw to the ground, hurl to the ground, unbalance, bring down, floor, prostrate
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    1. 3.1 (of a horse) unseat (its rider)
      ‘their horse threw its jockey before the race had started’
      • ‘The horse threw the king, and, he died days later from the complications of a broken collarbone.’
      • ‘He added it was dangerous to have an eagle with a mounted hunt, as it could lead to a horse throwing a rider.’
      • ‘Peering from behind my hands, I watch as the horses fall, or throw their rider, or watch as loose, riderless horses veer across the track.’
      • ‘I took my hands off the mane for just a second and the horse threw me.’
      • ‘Problems compounded for the track in October when a horse threw its jockey during a race.’
      • ‘He instead learned that she had been thrown by a horse, hit her head and died.’
      • ‘Irritated, he grabs the bridle on one of the mules spooking it and causing it to throw its rider.’
      • ‘The horse of one of the lead knights threw its rider and bolted backward.’
      • ‘The horse shied, reared up, fell and threw its rider.’
      • ‘With a chorus of screams, the horses all plunged into crazed fear, throwing riders to and fro.’
      • ‘The accident happened at 10.30 am last Saturday when a horse threw its rider, who wore a helmet.’
      • ‘I intend to get back on the horse where it threw me.’
      • ‘A vivid blue streak ripped the air between them, tearing the smoldering man from his horse and causing the last mount to rear, throwing its rider.’
      • ‘Five of the horses bolted, throwing four of the riders.’
      • ‘This horse likes to throw his riders; I knew he had something in store for me.’
      • ‘Always honest to a fault about his animals, he said he'd thrown his best bronc rider.’
      • ‘They say that when a horse throws you, you should get right back on and go for a ride again, and I know a few people who take the same approach with liquor.’
      • ‘Do you know what it's like to be thrown by a horse?’
      • ‘The horse reared upwards in sheer fright, throwing its rider sideways and underneath it.’
      • ‘There are numerous examples of horses at the races throwing their jockeys and running wild.’
      unseat, dislodge, upset, bring down
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  • 4with object Form (ceramic ware) on a potter's wheel.

    ‘further on a potter was throwing pots’
    • ‘He hand-built many works from slabs, and also had forms thrown to his specifications on the potter's wheel.’
    • ‘Lord's forms are hand-built rather than thrown on the wheel, but that doesn't mean they can't be erect and symmetrical.’
    • ‘Dorothy made me keep a couple of the finished pots, but I never threw another one.’
    • ‘The pots are turned on a wheel, much as ceramic pots are thrown.’
    • ‘Similarly, simple examination of a pottery vessel should reveal whether it was hand-coiled or thrown on a wheel.’
    • ‘I used to throw on the wheel, but have let it go in favor of handbuilding.’
    shape, form, mould, fashion
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    1. 4.1 Turn (wood or other material) on a lathe.
    2. 4.2 Twist (silk or other fabrics) into thread or yarn.
  • 5with object Have (a fit or tantrum)

    ‘occasionally a small child will throw a tantrum when denied something’
    • ‘In fact, I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone throw such a tantrum.’
    • ‘He had the luxury of throwing such a tantrum because his reputation guarantees that tickets for his shows will sell whether he makes nice with the press or not.’
    • ‘Get too close and you'll discover just what kind of a tantrum they can throw.’
    • ‘As she began to drift, she made a mental note to apologize to Brian for throwing that hissy fit.’
    • ‘At some point during the tantrum I was throwing in the bathroom, I apparently touched the dried paint on the wall.’
    • ‘Remember that tantrum you threw in the car going up to Maine last weekend just because you were cold, tired, and you had to pee?’
    • ‘She was known to throw the biggest tantrums any one had ever seen, and Meg could confirm this having spent many a day watching her.’
    • ‘You gotta laugh every time one of the rankings organization throws a ‘hissy fit.’’
    • ‘In fact, I've been told, technical folks on his show are known to have walked off when he threw one of his tantrums.’
    • ‘I can live with it now; the last tantrum has been thrown, the last hat stomped.’
    • ‘There'll be grades to keep up, growing up to do, boys to handle, hearts to mend, even to be broken, tantrums to be thrown.’
    • ‘She seemed to think that if she couldn't throw at least one tantrum, have one storm of weeping and break at least five pieces of crockery the day wasn't complete.’
    • ‘There is a tendency to throw temperamental fits and tantrums, which are often directed at close associates and loved ones.’
    • ‘When I was a kid, I would throw an all out tantrum in the parking lot of the dentist's office.’
    • ‘It ended up being the only tantrum I ever threw in public.’
    • ‘Hearing the temper tantrum she was throwing roused him enough to stand up and turn around to face her.’
    • ‘You should have seen the tantrum I threw, banging the floor with my fist and swearing.’
    • ‘Then there were all the tantrums the director threw, just to make things run smoothly.’
    • ‘No wonder kids were so prone to throwing temper tantrums in the toy aisles - these idiotic products were engraved in their little brains.’
    • ‘Had I known, I would have kicked and screamed and thrown my finest temper tantrum each time I so much as saw a swing-set.’
  • 6with object Give or hold (a party)

    ‘he threw a huge farewell party for them’
    • ‘They throw an annual Christmas party for dozens of pensioners who live in sheltered housing schemes.’
    • ‘The throng enjoyed a huge party thrown by the host committee at the city's aquarium following Media Day.’
    • ‘Even when we threw our regular sizeable parties, not one of our visitors had asked why there were fist-sized holes in every door in the house.’
    • ‘They then insisted on throwing a house warming party, practically smothering us with the locals, who were all very nice.’
    • ‘The college where the festival is held throws a party the night before the event.’
    • ‘He drove about 20 miles over the speed limit and didn't do to good of a job parking when he got back to the house the party was being thrown at.’
    • ‘His best friend Andy was throwing a huge Christmas party, and since he was home on break he decided to go.’
    • ‘It seemed like such a long time ago, yet he'd just thrown another party the last weekend.’
    • ‘My brother's also throwing a huge party tonight and half the island's population will be there.’
    • ‘There would only be a few stars at the huge party which will be thrown at the 1,000 acre, 17th century estate.’
    • ‘It was here that the Scottish steel baron, who made his fortune in America before turning philanthropist to the poor, threw his famed house parties for the great and the good.’
    • ‘But to top it all off, I understand you threw a little welcome party for some of the first families?’
    • ‘Every couple of nights someone throws a Fireman Appreciation Party.’
    • ‘I hope you are all hard at work shopping for something nice to give me at the huge party I am throwing…’
    • ‘With not much to do till Friday, you can't help but start thinking about all those parties that will be thrown Saturday night.’
    • ‘First, I throw a big welcome party for myself and everybody else to earn the adoration of the people.’
    • ‘The only thing people were talking about was some huge party Justina had thrown to celebrate her 17th birthday.’
    • ‘Rachel throws a last-minute bon voyage party for Emily just so she can invite Joshua.’
    • ‘We broke up for good when one of my friends threw a Christmas party and she wasn't invited.’
    • ‘Yesterday my company threw a little lunch party for me.’
    give, host, hold, have, provide, put on, lay on, arrange, organize
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  • 7with object (of an animal) give birth to (young, especially of a specified kind)

    ‘sometimes a completely black calf is thrown’

nounPlural throws

  • 1An act of throwing something.

    ‘Holding's throw hit the stumps’
    • ‘Unfortunately my throw was perfectly vertical, and the stone actually came down on my head.’
    • ‘Instead, with her final throw she produced her season's best and held her arms aloft.’
    • ‘The underarm lob is better suited to operations in woodland, where an overarm throw may result in the grenade hitting a tree or branch, and bouncing back towards the thrower!’
    • ‘With one mighty throw, he hurtled the mirror piece into the rift, which glowed for a couple of seconds and then cleared.’
    • ‘Of course I nearly took out his eye with a beautifully arced throw.’
    • ‘Some of his shorter throws are delivered in a shot-put motion, as if the ball is filled with a heavy liquid.’
    • ‘Missing a baseball is easier than hitting it, and a misdirected throw from outfield can easily let two or three runners score who would not otherwise have made it back to home late.’
    • ‘A steal from last June, the southpaw started the inning with a 93 mph fastball, the only velocity the pitch hit in four throws.’
    • ‘He must become more consistent on his throws to second base.’
    • ‘A lot of his throws to first base don't go to the first baseman.’
    • ‘Andrews did admit, however, that he had developed a mental block that affected his throws to first base.’
    • ‘He lunges at the open window, hurling his strawberry milkshake in a cramped overarm throw.’
    • ‘The different arm angles that he had to use while making throws from third were too much for his shoulder.’
    • ‘By the way, whenever umpires are hit by throws, the ball remains alive and hopefully so does the umpire.’
    • ‘He knocked it off with a nicely-timed throw of a small hammer.’
    • ‘But too many throws from third early in the spring hurt his shoulder.’
    • ‘My thinking is: be aggressive and don't be afraid to make those throws to bases.’
    • ‘They are happily engrossed in their game, though there is no audience to see and applaud a great throw or a neat catch or a lovely shot.’
    • ‘She helped him eliminate wasted motion in his throws, and a quicker release improved his accuracy.’
    • ‘It hadn't been a fast or hard throw, and she hoped (kind of) that he wasn't too badly hurt.’
    lob, pitch, flip, shy, go
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    1. 1.1 An act of throwing one's opponent in wrestling, judo, or a similar sport.
      ‘a shoulder throw’
      • ‘It's similar to kick-boxing except that it incorporates grappling, throws and take downs.’
      • ‘He is a master of numerous holds and throws and is a throwback to a time when stories were told in the ring and not on the microphone.’
      • ‘In both groups the victory was achieved mainly by throws and the ability to force the opponent into penalty situations.’
      • ‘Even that time she used the judo throw on him, he got up embarrassed, but he didn't turn this cute shade of pink.’
      • ‘Elite judo players exhibit an even distribution of right and left-side throws.’
      • ‘The new boys were going for their first ever judo throw.’
      • ‘He was especially proud of his judo skills, emphasizing throws and holds.’
      • ‘His head turned from the blow, but he countered by grabbing the arm and tossing his dad with a shoulder throw.’
      • ‘Their unanimous answer was that the throws in Okinawan karate are not meant to throw the opponent anywhere but the ground.’
      • ‘At a stroke, Carlile put the doubts back in Harrington's mind when he swept him over backwards with a salto, a throw borrowed from the freestyle wrestling.’
      • ‘Grasping the assailant's wrist and armpit he threw him over his shoulder but, hampered by his backpack, the throw was not clean.’
      • ‘After a couple of years, adults become strong and have enough endurance to be ready to practice the more vigorous judo throws and pins.’
      • ‘Many of the throws in Judo will simply not work if you don't time them correctly.’
      • ‘In judo this might end up in a throw; in aikido, into a painful arm or body manipulation.’
      • ‘Though he was said to have a high judo rank, his throws didn't resemble judo techniques.’
      • ‘Judo players are trained for using throws, arm bars and chokes.’
      • ‘A few years ago we had numerous complaints about pupils using wrestling throws on each other after watching World Wide Wrestling on TV.’
      • ‘Instead the insurgent used the power and the clumsiness of the government against itself rather as a judo throw by which a smaller wrestler can topple a stronger and heavier opponent.’
      • ‘These throws take advantage of the inertia of the opponent's travel.’
      • ‘The final was a much tougher match, with Stevie nudging ahead on points before he finally caught his opponent with a superb throw to take gold.’
    2. 1.2Cricket An illegitimate delivery considered to have been thrown rather than properly bowled.
    3. 1.3
      ‘this decision represents something of a final throw’
      short for throw of the dice below
      ‘people who hazard their entire company on one major throw’
      • ‘His final throw on the subject of alterations to the bill before publication came on the 14 February.’
      • ‘It is a work like no other and, with the first performance taking place in 1761, is pretty much the final throw of the Baroque.’
      • ‘But it was made clear to him that his recommendation would be the final throw.’
      • ‘When that didn't work, the final throw was to hurl personal abuse at him for being a ‘liar’ over the Iraq War.’
      • ‘Similarly, Calvary was the final throw in Satan's power-bid for world dominion.’
  • 2A light cover for furniture.

    • ‘He layers the bed with lots of, sort of deep, comfy fabrics, a faux chinchilla throw, kind of crazy stuff like that.’
    • ‘Fur throws cover the leather couches in their spacious sitting room.’
    • ‘So you fold the sheet so it covers the full length of the bed, under the pillows, and trap it under a woolen throw, covered again by another sheet.’
    • ‘Meantime, my posterior was resting on the foot of the bed, and the foot of the bed was covered with a beautiful mink throw.’
    • ‘The bed is covered in throws and cushions of every texture all colour coordinated with the rest of the room and you would hardly notice that it's a bed specially designed for people like me.’
    • ‘It's a large, traditional room with a fireplace, heavy furniture and a three-piece suite draped in throws.’
    • ‘The couch was dark green suede and definitely cozier than the plaid throw covering the couch that would be acting as a bed in his new place.’
    • ‘You would have thought it relatively easy to buy curtains, cushions, throws, rugs, lighting.’
    • ‘If not, cover some boxes with sacking, or a throw or a neutral colored cloth and build up from there.’
    • ‘I sit down on the low sofa, covered by an afghan throw.’
    • ‘There were quilted table-settings, quilted cushions, quilted throws.’
    • ‘She offers a full laundry service for duvets, throws, blankets, curtains, bed linen, team kits, etc. and her rates are very competitive.’
    • ‘The home collection consists of soft furnishing products ranging from bed throws to duvet covers to cushions curtain panels and table linen.’
    • ‘Cover dated or worn sofas and chairs with large throws in a neutral colour so that they aren't the main focus of the room.’
    • ‘Stretching wide and stifling a yawn he threw back the several throws and duvets that covered him.’
    • ‘Find some warm woolly throws for your sofa and cover cold tiles and hardwood with area rugs.’
    • ‘If you sew, create a new apron, fleece throw or keepsake pillow.’
    • ‘Brighten it up with a new duvet cover or a smart throw, picking up the colour in light shades and curtains.’
    • ‘With pillows, throws, slipcovers or area rugs, try spring colors like baby green, citrus and robin's egg blue.’
    • ‘All her furniture was painted bright pink and her King size bed had black and purple throws covering it.’
  • 3a throwinformal Used to indicate how much a single item, turn, or attempt costs.

    ‘he was offering to draw on-the-spot portraits at £25 a throw’
    • ‘Figures that they've released suggest the card could cost each of us up to £300 a throw.’
    • ‘Tickets for the event cost around £1,500 a throw - which may be why some people were put off.’
    • ‘Although they look as if they could be done by children, they still cost about £300,000 a throw.’
    • ‘With tickets costing between £50 and £80 a throw, the entertainment can seem extravagant for a bunch of dribbling toddlers.’
    • ‘Conduit reckons its service will be cheaper than many rival services with calls costing from 20p a throw, compared to nearer 40p.’
    each, apiece, per item, for one
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  • 4Geology
    The extent of vertical displacement in a fault.

    • ‘The cumulative throw across the South Alkyonides Fault decreases towards its western and eastern ends.’
    • ‘Fault displacement varies and diminishes downwards and upwards from a central zone where the throw is highest.’
    • ‘In addition, large-scale isoclinal folds and normal faults with throws exceeding 10m locally occur.’
    • ‘Maximum throws, c.80 m, occur c.400 m above the downward terminations of the faults.’
    • ‘The lavas are cut by steep normal faults which have a maximum throw of a few hundred metres at slow spreading centres, and smaller throws at faster spreading rates.’
  • 5A machine or device by or on which an object is turned while being shaped.

  • 6usually in singular The action or motion of a slide valve or of a crank, eccentric wheel, or cam.

    1. 6.1 The distance moved by the pointer of an instrument.


  • throw away the key

    • Used to suggest that someone who has been put in prison should or will never be released.

      ‘the judge should lock up these robbers and throw away the key’
      • ‘Prison is not about locking people up and throwing away the key.’
      • ‘And give this guy his day in court and forget about him and put him in jail and throw away the key, as far as I'm concerned.’
      • ‘If the jury hears that, they're gonna want to put him in jail and throw away the key.’
      • ‘Society needs to rehabilitate sex offenders instead of just locking them up and throwing away the key, a prison governor said yesterday.’
      • ‘He was going to sling me into jail and throw away the key.’
  • throw dust in someone's eyes

    • Seek to mislead or deceive someone by misrepresentation or distraction.

      • ‘You shall not throw dust in my eyes that way!’
      • ‘In the meantime, let us not let them throw dust in our eyes.’
      • ‘It has been terribly easy to throw dust in our eyes in the past.’
      • ‘It was easy enough to throw dust in his eyes and to persuade him that the interests of respectable citizens, be they bailiffs or ex-dukes were identical.’
      • ‘I hope that by thinking carefully about nuclear energy we will find ways to distinguish between the very proper concerns that any new technology raises, and the mythical promises or terrors that only throw dust in our eyes.’
  • throw good money after bad

    • Incur further loss in a hopeless attempt to recoup a previous loss.

      • ‘Most experts advise people against topping up their endowments, as this is seen as throwing good money after bad.’
      • ‘And after two years of losses, some investors are unwilling to throw good money after bad.’
      • ‘If it was me I would have thought from the very beginning that it was simply throwing good money after bad.’
      • ‘Our manufacturers are getting less competitive all the time and the fact that you now want us to subsidise them even further is a classic case of throwing good money after bad.’
      • ‘The political reality is such that we may have to await a point where the legal and other costs mount enough for somebody to start arguing that it is time to stop throwing good money after bad.’
      • ‘These businesses will struggle on, until their bankers or their owners become fed up of throwing good money after bad.’
      • ‘The alternative is to go on throwing good money after bad, and that's not a sensible policy.’
      • ‘People have put money into it in the past and they have sometimes felt like they are throwing good money after bad.’
      • ‘In Scotland, where the higher spend has not so far resulted in the hoped-for Great Leap Forward, the fear is that in shelling out even more, taxpayers will indeed be throwing good money after bad, with no guarantee of improvements.’
      • ‘The public need to become much more aware that they could be throwing good money after bad if they buy these plots.’
  • throw one's hand in

    • 1Withdraw from a card game, especially poker, because one has a poor hand.

      • ‘He went all in, caught a couple of kings and threw his hand in without showing.’
      1. 1.1Withdraw from a contest or activity; give up.
        • ‘She will throw her hand in early when the polls show - amongst democrats - she's a Divider, not a Uniter.’
  • throw in the towel (or sponge)

    • 1(of boxers or their seconds) throw a towel (or sponge) into the ring as a token of defeat.

      ‘Cafaro was told by his trainer that he was going to throw the towel in if he did not start throwing punches’
      • ‘Moore got up as the bell rang but he lost the fight when his manager threw in the towel.’
      • ‘Sure enough, he sloppily but quickly dispatched Williams, who threw in the towel in the second round.’
      • ‘He was not so generous with, Dyer whose seconds threw in the towel during the sixth round.’
      • ‘One of his cornermen surprisingly decided to throw in the towel to spark a 3-way disagreement between his assistant and the fighter himself.’
      • ‘He left a trail of blood across the ring before his corner threw in the towel after 15 brutal rounds.’
      • ‘Facing Hewitt, the American looked tired and out of sorts in the first set and threw in the towel in the second.’
      • ‘He didn't complain about his corner throwing in the towel, saying he understood that Turner did what he thought was right.’
      • ‘The Mexican great saw his challenge end when his corner threw in the towel in the closing seconds of round 11.’
      • ‘In the rematch Leonard stayed clear and boxed his opponent all over the ring till he threw in the towel.’
      • ‘All the while, he was landing more punches, to the head and body, until finally his corner had to throw in the towel to preserve the health of their fighter.’
      1. 1.1Abandon a struggle; admit defeat.
        ‘there are times when the difficulties appear too great and we just throw in the towel’
        • ‘But while he is pessimistic, he also makes it clear he does not want to see Ireland throwing in the towel on an industry that has played a vital role in the economy of rural Ireland for generations.’
        • ‘She played well at the end and she never, ever throws in the towel.’
        • ‘At any other time it would have sounded like the leader of an unelectable party throwing in the towel, or finding an excuse for his own failure.’
        • ‘Halfway up, my wife, who is not usually fazed by such challenges, couldn't face the prospect of struggling down again and so threw in the towel.’
        • ‘If it's us that throws in the towel, then life gets really rough for the locals and our reputation goes in the toilet.’
        • ‘If you're struggling to get through your workout, throw in the towel for the day instead of beating up your body even more.’
        • ‘Some institutions are already throwing in the towel.’
        • ‘There are days when I feel like throwing in the towel, but I just keep hoping that things get better.’
        • ‘I lasted four years, finally throwing in the towel and heading back to the UK in 1997.’
        • ‘It has been unpleasant but I have no intention of throwing in the towel.’
        capitulate, admit defeat, concede defeat, give up, surrender, yield, submit, climb down, back down, give way, defer, acquiesce, relent, succumb, comply
        admit defeat, concede defeat, stop trying, call it a day, give in, surrender, capitulate, be beaten
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  • throw of the dice

    • A risky attempt to do or achieve something.

      ‘a struggling actor giving it a last throw of the dice as he stages a self-financed production of Hamlet’
      • ‘That is a big throw of the dice and if they are to take the chance they must produce the evidence which will win them a measure of support.’
      • ‘If, in what will be one final throw of the dice, he can add just a little more by way of contribution then its another bonus.’
      • ‘It is very, very tight and we know we've just got one throw of the dice.’
      • ‘Facing a bleak future of dispossession and impoverishment, they had appealed to the Supreme Court in a final desperate throw of the dice.’
      • ‘The charges were not backed by any proof and were probably a last desperate throw of the dice by a hysterical woman.’
      • ‘‘The stakes are too high and our future too important to be gambled on a reckless throw of the dice,’ he said.’
      • ‘At last, the real throw of the dice, with a quarter of an hour left.’
      • ‘The difference is that every new building on the board will mean real money in the bank for the developer who took the first throw of the dice.’
      • ‘His appointment as coach in July last year, once seen as a desperate throw of the dice, looks an ever more shrewd choice.’
      • ‘France and Russia are playing their cards in the security council, but this is the last throw of the dice.’
  • throw up one's hands

    • Raise both hands in the air as an indication of one's exasperation.

      ‘Dickens threw up his hands in impatience’
      • ‘Respect is due to my friends for not throwing up their hands, rolling their eyes and walking away.’
      • ‘And sometimes, it can be so ridiculous that, you know, you have to sort of throw up your hands and say, OK.’
      • ‘But not everyone is throwing up their hands over the issue.’
      • ‘Is it just a case of throwing up our hands and praying that those we love remain untouched?’
      • ‘At some point you just throw up your hands because we're not at the table.’
      • ‘What could you possibly do besides throw up your hands in disgust and go home?’
      • ‘It's easy to become discouraged and throw up your hands and say, well, it's gone on for a long time, it will go on forever.’
      • ‘Her owner, one of the 400 aspiring actors on our block, sort of throws up her hands in dramatic exasperation when this happens.’
      • ‘Many legislators are just throwing up their hands.’
      • ‘But whatever you do, don't just throw up your hands and wait for the 2003 election.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • be thrown back on

    • Be forced to rely on (something) because there is no alternative.

      ‘we are once again thrown back on the resources of our imagination’
      • ‘So this always resourceful composer has been thrown back on his own devices, and, I would say, he has been pretty successful.’
      • ‘The criminal subculture was completely destroyed and the prisoner was thrown back on his own conscience to feel guilt, repent, and reform.’
      • ‘Cut off from other playmates, these children were thrown back on their siblings and their own resources for diversion, at least until school brought them together with other, age- and class-appropriate children.’
      • ‘In this they will in a sense be thrown back on their own moral resources.’
      • ‘‘Since the experts cancelled each other out, I was thrown back on my own resources to weigh the different arguments and decide for myself,’ he said in one interview.’
      • ‘It's not easy being thrown back on the dole again, and I don't know what I'm going to do.’
      • ‘And so you may be thrown back on a so-called deist God, a God who simply started the ball rolling billions of years ago.’
      • ‘We have therefore been thrown back on an increasingly narrow set of sources: essentially the police and the intelligence services.’
      • ‘Without Cashman, though, George is thrown back on his own instincts.’
      • ‘What this means is that there's not a lot of colour to the work, whatever musical pleasures appear are swiftly truncated and the audience is thrown back on the text.’
  • throw oneself at

    • Appear too eager to become the sexual partner of.

      ‘she's throwing herself at that man, making a complete fool of herself’
      • ‘I've seen groupies on the road and women just throwing themselves at you just because you're famous, and I hate that.’
      • ‘I mean, how many other woman do I have to watch throw themselves at you?’
      • ‘I even considered going to his house (a forty-minute drive) some night and throwing myself at him, which is pathetic.’
      • ‘She felt violated by the fact that he was treating her like some strumpet that would throw herself at him.’
      • ‘And single, willing men are throwing themselves at me as well, which is getting annoying.’
      • ‘There were a lot of girls there, some of them famous and the others just rich snobby girls who throw themselves at all the guys.’
      • ‘She is one sexy lady, she's had four fabulous men throw themselves at her in just three episodes.’
      • ‘He sounded so sure of himself that I had to wonder how many girls readily threw themselves at him, eager for a date.’
      • ‘Yet, I don't want to throw myself at him and be rejected and make the rest of the night painfully embarrassing for both of us.’
      • ‘She also knew that Melissa was a flirt and enjoyed throwing herself at men.’
  • throw something away

    • 1Discard something as useless or unwanted.

      ‘many of the cans and bottles thrown away may have cost more to make than the contents’
      • ‘How hard is it to remove the paper and throw it away?’
      • ‘He flushed the pills down the toilet and threw the bottle away in his room.’
      • ‘She threw the bottle away and searched through the other cabinets for something edible.’
      • ‘If you manage to influence the general public enough, society will begin to see throwing a glass bottle away that could otherwise be recycled, as wrong.’
      • ‘Pots got broken, bones were thrown away after the meat on them was consumed and structures collapsed or were demolished to make way for newer constructions.’
      • ‘He stops writing and throws the paper away, crying into his hands.’
      • ‘Now these wear out as you can imagine, and rather than throw them away or just recycle them for metal, we actually rebuild them here.’
      • ‘When the crop had matured, the seeds were removed and the flesh was thrown away.’
      • ‘He stood up and with a slight difference in his walk threw his current bottle away and got a new one out of the fridge.’
      • ‘As I was walking to the rubbish bin to throw the empty bottles away I spotted Leon and Alaina.’
      discard, throw out, dispose of, get rid of, do away with, toss out, scrap, throw on the scrapheap, clear out, remove, dispense with, lose, eliminate, dump, unload, jettison, shed, dismiss, expel, eject, weed out, root out
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      1. 1.1Discard a playing card in a game.
      2. 1.2Waste or fail to make use of an opportunity or advantage.
        ‘I've thrown away my chances in life’
        • ‘They were 1-0 up after scoring a penalty in the second minute, but somehow threw it away, losing 2-1.’
        • ‘We have given ourselves a chance but we cannot afford to throw it away against Edinburgh.’
        • ‘But then we played Sheffield at Leeds the following year and threw the chance away.’
        • ‘‘It was a big blow, but to throw it away like I did only makes me work harder and finish the season strongly,’ he said.’
        • ‘We are in a better position than what we were earlier this week and we must not throw this chance away.’
        • ‘I had it once and almost threw it away and now I've got a chance to get it all again.’
        • ‘Let's not throw these advantages away by undermining the science education of our young people.’
        • ‘Another chance to bust up the happy couple is thrown away.’
        • ‘This was fuelled by a sense that major opportunities have been thrown away.’
        • ‘The home side held out for a 22-17 win, but after leading 12-3 at the break, they almost threw it away.’
        squander, waste, fritter away, dissipate, run through, fail to exploit, make poor use of, lose, let slip
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    • 2(of an actor) deliver a line with deliberate underemphasis for increased dramatic effect.

      ‘he covered up for his author by charmingly throwing away as many lines as possible’
      • ‘As the eponymous heroine, she sings well but tries too hard to be cute and clever, and loses a lot of the humour in her part by overstressing her lines rather than throwing them away.’
  • throw something down

    • (especially of a DJ, rapper, or similar artiste) play or perform a piece of music.

      ‘the DJ was throwing down some sweet tunes’
  • throw something in

    • 1Include something free with a purchase.

      ‘they cut the price by £100 and threw in the add-on TV adaptor’
      • ‘You hire a room to yourselves (kids are thrown in for free), containing a small steam chamber and a big white bath.’
      • ‘They threw it in for free because it's President's Day weekend and I was so chuffed that I clapped my hands in glee.’
      • ‘But I hear there was a deal in Trevor Square, Knightsbridge, on a new-build penthouse where the car parking was thrown in free?’
      • ‘Wareing, being a generous chap, threw the food in for free.’
    • 2Make a remark casually as an interjection.

      ‘he threw in a sensible remark about funding’
      • ‘Woven throughout his columns are certain recurring references to objects of American popular culture that are both obscure and perfectly on point when he throws them in.’
    • 3Rugby Soccer
      Return the ball to play by means of a throw-in.

      • ‘We have been trying to develop our play in this important phase of the game, not just throwing the ball in but looking for spaces that we can exploit.’
      • ‘They'd give you plenty from the sideline - you could hear it in your ear as you were trying to throw the ball in at the line-out.’
      • ‘I know our line-out isn't functioning as well as we would like and it probably cost us the game in Dublin yesterday, but you can't point the finger at the guy throwing the ball in all the time.’
      • ‘Our team continued to throw the ball in and feed me.’
      • ‘Before the ball was thrown in at all the Tyrone centre the two attempted to settle their differences.’
  • throw oneself into

    • Start to do (something) with enthusiasm and vigour.

      ‘Evelyn threw herself into her work’
      • ‘The teaching staff, who threw themselves into their roles with vigour, never really managed to raise themselves above the level of historical re-enactors.’
      • ‘As someone who has never been able to do anything but write, I find that people who throw themselves into too many things at once become proficient in everything and good at nothing.’
      • ‘Every time we practice, we throw ourselves into the writing process.’
      • ‘She continued this enthusiasm at State University, throwing herself into community events until she signed up for a drama course on a whim and discovered that acting was to be her chosen obsession.’
      • ‘Whatever they do, whether alone or with a partner, they throw themselves into.’
      • ‘The gender mix is maybe 40% male to 60% female, and the men are throwing themselves into the show with just as much enthusiasm as the women.’
      • ‘Youth in particular long for something they can throw themselves into with the passion of a martyr.’
      • ‘Regular training, however, was not something I threw myself into.’
      • ‘Then she says she will look around and see what challenges she can throw herself into.’
      • ‘You see Willow, I know what you're looking for, and you have no idea what you're throwing yourself into.’
  • throw off

    • Begin hunting.

  • throw off at

    • Criticize or ridicule.

      ‘you are always throwing off at others for letting emotion rule their lives’
      • ‘They think they are entitled to throw off at him in any way they choose.’
      • ‘It's not all that long ago that we used to throw off at the American 1/4 mile drag racers.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister, when in opposition, was always throwing off at the Government.’
      • ‘I remember a friend of mine throwing off at his nineteen-year girlfriend because she was also going out with a married guy.’
      • ‘She's a perfectly nice person so I don't have much patience for Casey constantly throwing off at her.’
  • throw something off

    • 1Rid oneself of something.

      ‘he was struggling to throw off a viral-hepatitis problem’
      • ‘So, after that I decided to throw them off and I haven't used them since.’
      get rid of, cast off, discard, shake off, drop, jettison, free oneself of, rid oneself of
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    • 2Write or utter in an offhand manner.

      ‘Thomas threw off the question lightly’
  • throw oneself on (or upon)

    • Attack someone vigorously.

      ‘they threw themselves on the enemy’
  • throw something open

    • 1Make something accessible.

      ‘the market was thrown open to any supplier to compete for contracts’
      • ‘Greenhead school's sporting facilities have been thrown open to clubs across the district as part of an innovative partnership.’
      • ‘The Government has decided it is not the right time to throw the market open.’
      • ‘In the 90s, social programs were gutted at the same time markets were thrown open.’
      • ‘Globalization has meant economic liberalization, which has meant throwing markets open to international competition.’
      • ‘This proves that the left over lush green forest tracks are thrown open to smugglers.’
      • ‘And today, as India throws its own economy open to the global market, that change is gathering speed.’
      • ‘Obviously every investigation that is carried out in which we are involved throws some new avenues open to you which must be looked at in the future.’
      • ‘Ever since this sprawling mansion is thrown open to the public, there is a steady stream of visitors hanging around it - letting their imagination run wild.’
      • ‘But that doesn't mean 35% of the market has been thrown open to real competition.’
      • ‘They could throw their venues open as car parks and offer patrons the use of their clubhouses and bars for snacks, lunches and liquid refreshment.’
      1. 1.1Invite general discussion of or participation in a subject or a debate or other event.
        ‘the debate will be thrown open to the audience’
        • ‘So I'm throwing the thread open to my readers: what's the most important job in the world?’
        • ‘After an initial introduction about experience and language and the creative space available for a woman, the session was thrown open for discussion.’
        • ‘So I'm throwing the comments open to my readers.’
        • ‘It merits more discussion, and the paper throws it open for the community to try to interpret.’
        • ‘He rounds things off before throwing the floor open for discussion.’
        • ‘After the books have been read out, the floor is thrown open for a no-holds-barred discussion.’
        • ‘Following the presentation the floor was thrown open to the public.’
        • ‘She understands that the summary of the five tests which were drawn up in April has not been altered since we insisted that the decision-making process is thrown open to the entire UK Cabinet.’
        • ‘Just throwing a topic open like this is - frankly - a bit lame.’
  • throw someone out

    • 1Expel someone unceremoniously from a place, organization, or activity.

      ‘his wife had thrown him out’
      ‘Keane had been thrown out of the game by the umpire’
      • ‘There was no talk of throwing him out of the Fianna Fáil organisation.’
      • ‘This past fortnight the government has shown independent-spirited MPs once more that it will ridicule you, bully you, throw you out of Parliament - do whatever is necessary to force you to toe the line.’
      • ‘He said, ‘Dave, throw him out of the Air Force.’’
      • ‘But his dreams were shattered when the organisers threw him out unceremoniously.’
      • ‘If my colleagues knew I was here, I would be thrown out of our organisation, just like that!’
      • ‘She threw the rule book out the window when he threw Beverley out of the organisation.’
      • ‘The court case was brought after he was thrown out of the tour for suspected doping.’
      • ‘These days he would be thrown out of the force for saying that, if not arrested and flogged.’
      • ‘While they brought scandalous scores on Saturday, he was thrown out of the tournament after reporting late.’
      • ‘A young woman was thrown out of the beauty pageant after the organizers discovered she had had cosmetic surgery.’
      expel, eject, evict, drive out, force out, oust, remove
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    • 2Confuse or distract someone from the matter in hand.

      ‘do keep quiet or you'll throw me out in my calculations’
    • 3Baseball Cricket
      Put out an opponent by throwing the ball to the wicket or a base.

      • ‘Bill culled for the ball, and we threw Brock out at the plate.’
      • ‘Williams then hit a one-hop ground ball off my shin and it bounced towards third base, but I threw him out and the game was over.’
      • ‘Yes, he did steal 51 bases, but this has to be taken with a grain of salt considering the 36 times he was thrown out.’
      • ‘It often has been noted that Ruth was thrown out trying to steal second in the final play of the 1926 World Series lost by the Yankees to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.’
      • ‘The man Ruth had walked, Morgan, tried to steal second and Thomas threw him out.’
  • throw something out

    • 1Discard something as unwanted.

      ‘he'd thrown that rubbish out’
      • ‘Half of the prints were thrown out the first time around; somehow small insects got caught in the 13 layers of ink as they dried on thousands of sheets.’
      • ‘I need to throw some rubbish out, then I'm going to have a shower and go.’
      • ‘It sat in the back seat of the car festering the whole day but none of us could bring ourselves to throw it out.’
      • ‘If you got caught with a comic, the teacher threw it out.’
      • ‘It's really sweet actually but Mom wanted to throw it out because it brought back too many memories of her.’
      • ‘The leader stopped trying to tell the clumsy serving girl that it was unnecessary to apologize - this tunic was old anyway and he was planning on throwing it out - and stooped to catch the gagging knight as he fell out of his chair.’
      • ‘It was empty, but for some reason he couldn't bring himself to throw it out.’
      • ‘I finished the bowl and walked over to the trash and threw it out, when Mara's curly brown hair caught my eye.’
      • ‘Other artworks were thrown out with the household rubbish.’
      • ‘I agree the best solution is to turn it off and throw it out, but I really do look forward to certain programming such as the upcoming world hockey championships and the Olympics.’
      discard, throw away, dispose of, get rid of, do away with, toss out, scrap, throw on the scrapheap, clear out, remove, dispense with, lose, eliminate, dump, unload, jettison, shed, dismiss, expel, eject, weed out, root out
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    • 2(of a court, legislature, or other body) dismiss or reject something brought before it.

      ‘the charges were thrown out by the magistrate’
      • ‘Other insurers named in the case are banking that it will be thrown out by the federal court for the Southern District of Florida.’
      • ‘Happily, late last year a US court threw the case out.’
      • ‘Another accusation of operating an illegal business was thrown out by the court.’
      • ‘In one of the most remarkably sensible judgments, the appeals court threw the case out on the basis that only those injured - in this case, the rats, mice and birds - can bring civil suit.’
      • ‘Now most of its original case has been thrown out by the courts, and the agency is scrambling to devise a remedy that will justify all the effort.’
      • ‘Two years later the negligence claim was thrown out but the employer was ruled liable.’
      • ‘Are you surprised, Roger, that the federal court threw it out today?’
      • ‘Last month a human rights claim on the issue was thrown out by the Appeal Court and he says he is taking advice on the possibility of appeal to a European Court.’
      • ‘Four of five judges on the court voted to throw the case out, citing procedural errors in her trial.’
      • ‘The case wound its way through the courts until the Supreme Court of Canada threw it out in 1998.’
      reject, dismiss, turn down, say ‘no’ to, refuse, disallow, veto, squash
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    • 3Put forward a suggestion tentatively.

      ‘a suggestion that Dunne threw out caught many a reader's fancy’
      • ‘I asked around, some suggestions were thrown out, and we decided on this one.’
    • 4Cause numbers or calculations to become inaccurate.

      ‘an undisclosed stock option throws out all your figures’
      • ‘And the calculations could be thrown out if there was any significant change in the principles according to which judicial remuneration is set.’
    • 5Emit or radiate something.

      ‘a big range fire that threw out heat like a furnace’
      • ‘An old manhole cover picked up at a reclamation yard for £8 is propped up at the back to throw the heat out.’
      radiate, emit, give off, send out, diffuse, disseminate, disperse
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    • 6(of a plant) rapidly develop a side shoot, bud, etc.

  • throw someone over

    • Abandon or reject someone as a lover.

      ‘he's going to throw you over for your sister’
      • ‘Early in life, she identified herself through an illicit passion with an aristocrat who threw her over after she became pregnant.’
      • ‘Nope, I threw her over because she's a lot of fun, but she can't hold a candle to the love you give me.’
      • ‘I've heard so many guys whine about how they can't meet women, how women throw them over for other guys.’
      • ‘His first wife threw him over for a teaching assistant on a college campus.’
      • ‘I assumed that he would rise to the challenge of being with me as I believed he could, and of course no-one thinks their hook-up (even their long-distance hook-up) is going to throw them over for a girl from a third-world country.’
      • ‘By the time she gets to 7 months and realises he's not the marrying kind, she throws him over.’
      abandon, leave, desert, discard, turn one's back on, cast aside, cast off
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  • throw people together

    • Bring people into contact, especially by chance.

      ‘a mixed group of passengers thrown together by circumstance for the duration of the journey’
      • ‘For example, it's easy to bring romance into the plot because a crime of some sort throws people together who might not normally meet, and this can make for very romantic, even exciting, scenes.’
      • ‘It will help break the ice by throwing people together for some healthy competition.’
      • ‘Second, if you are pulling the support units from different combat units, you may be throwing people together who haven't been training together.’
      • ‘While everyone is emoting away with great intensity, the screenplay seems to wander aimlessly with random acts of coincidence throwing people together time and again.’
      • ‘Just throwing people together in hopes of providing personal contact is not enough to overcome this sort of behavior.’
      • ‘It threw people together, and forced one half of the country to see ‘how the other half lived’.’
      • ‘It's a delicate process to throw people together on radio or in life, but with them, it works beautifully.’
      • ‘There was a philosophical argument that it's better to throw people together and see what happens, and we went back to the old way.’
      • ‘I thought that would be a terrific way to throw people together who would normally not be together.’
      • ‘The teams throw people together that may not know each other outside of the rodeo.’
  • throw something together

    • Make or produce something hastily, without careful planning or arrangement.

      ‘the meal was quickly thrown together at news of Rose's arrival’
      • ‘I'm thinking I might try and throw something together as well.’
      • ‘Anyway, guess who had to drop everything - including his beloved blog - and scramble to throw something together on the fly?’
      • ‘We threw it together, but everyone loved it anyway.’
      • ‘I will throw some things together and we will meet you out there!’
      • ‘Absolutely we'll throw something together for you.’
      • ‘We threw it together at the last minute, so it's a few boxes decorated with leftover baby shower stuff.’
      • ‘They have a bunch of ambitious interns throw something together in a day.’
      • ‘Interviews also mentioned they threw the movie together in a very short period of time, and it shows in parts.’
      • ‘I like illustrations that don't look as though they were thrown together in a hurry!’
      • ‘The general feeling seems to be that the plot was thrown together and the story lacks structure.’
      improvise, contrive, devise, throw together, cobble together, concoct, rig, jury-rig, put together
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  • throw up

    • Vomit.

      ‘I leaned over and threw up again’
      • ‘Of the four of us at least one has been throwing up or coughing all through the night pretty much constantly.’
      • ‘The smell of the vegetarian food makes him sick and he feels like throwing up.’
      • ‘I'd gone no more than a few metres when I stopped and my stomach gave a familiar heave and I threw up.’
      • ‘Sven ate about half, out of pure hunger, but then felt sick and threw up into the garbage can.’
      • ‘He coughed violently and promptly threw up on the sparkling floor.’
      • ‘If you're going to push a toddler on a playground swing until the child throws up, push him from behind, not in front.’
      • ‘She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.’
      • ‘The Fair is the one place where you can throw up, and no one thinks you're drunk or sick.’
      • ‘I knocked on the door gently, but it seemed that Andrea was sick and was throwing up.’
      • ‘Sitting at the wheel of his car trying to finish an oversized sandwich becomes too much for him and he throws up through his window.’
      vomit, retch
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  • throw something up

    • 1Abandon or give up something, especially one's job.

      ‘why has he thrown up a promising career in politics?’
      give up, abandon, relinquish, resign, resign from, leave, eschew, abdicate
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    • 2Vomit something one has eaten or drunk.

      • ‘As soon as I ate a bag of my favourite crisps, I would feel the urge and need to just bring myself to throw them up again.’
      • ‘And then they're sick and kind of throw it up.’
    • 3Produce something and bring it to notice.

      ‘he saw the prayers of the Church as a living and fruitful tradition which threw up new ideas’
      • ‘That's why this stupid idea has been thrown up now.’
      • ‘My source explained the headline-writing process: ‘Sometimes the germ of an idea is thrown up and kicked into shape by the executive-level night editor on the back bench.’’
      • ‘Interesting ideas were thrown up on forging identities.’
      • ‘The consultation process on the Water Bill which will go to the Scottish parliament is drawing to a close and some interesting ideas have been thrown up.’
      • ‘I seem to remember we had this discussion before several times, and back then some interesting ideas were thrown up which I can't remember exactly (that's what happens if you stay here long enough).’


Old English thrāwan ‘to twist, turn’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch draaien and German drehen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin terere ‘to rub’, Greek teirein ‘wear out’. throw (sense 1 of the verb), expressing propulsion and sudden action, dates from Middle English.