One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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, abdicateView synonyms
2informal Vomit something one has eaten or drunk.
- ‘And then they're sick and kind of throw it up.’
- ‘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.’
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’
- ‘Interesting ideas were thrown up on forging identities.’
- ‘That's why this stupid idea has been thrown up now.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’’
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