Main definitions of chuck in English

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chuck1

verb

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

    ‘someone chucked a brick through the window’
    figurative ‘chucking money at the problem won't solve it’
    • ‘We went out there and chucked the ball around for the first twenty minutes.’
    • ‘But I also agree with him that the second may be a bit more positive than just the government chucking money at traffic jams.’
    • ‘Cars had been crushed like balls of paper, and chucked over the side of the bridges.’
    • ‘After the finale though, we sincerely hope their guitars are feeling much better after being chucked around like rubble on a building site.’
    • ‘For centuries the discarded fish from the on-board filleting process has been chucked back out to sea for the gulls.’
    • ‘Pete stormed off, practically chucking his tray into the pile of dirty dishes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We didn't have any bread so we chucked in pebbles to get their attention and keep them flapping and diving for us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's amusement in his eyes as he strides into the room casually chucking his jacket over the back of the sofa.’
    • ‘People in the town feed these pigeons and until they stop chucking food about we will not get rid of them.’
    • ‘Pupils queued up to pay to chuck wet sponges at their teachers and all the money raised went to Comic Relief.’
    • ‘Crack cocaine abuse is escalating in Rochdale - but chucking money at the problem won't solve it.’
    • ‘His alarm will be chucked in the dustbin and he can lie-in every day safe in the knowledge of a job well-done.’
    • ‘But the moment the four clowns stop passing paper between themselves and start chucking it into the stalls, the atmosphere changes.’
    • ‘Of course, any little kid walking past loves him and Mum or Dad feels obliged to chuck a few coins in his hat.’
    throw, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, project, propel, send, bowl
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    1. 1.1 Throw (something) away.
      ‘they make a living out of stuff people chuck out’
      • ‘I thought a bomb had gone off but someone had chucked a TV set out right from the top.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘He was the guy who chucked my kit out and broke my bat,’ Pietersen recalls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There doesn't seem to be any justification for chucking them away after a couple of years, if they've been stored properly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I chucked the phone away in the end because I couldn't do both things.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Besides, I felt relieved as I didn't have to chuck the stuff away.’
      • ‘After it has reached a certain point people don't think twice about chucking it away.’
      • ‘If you leave it, future owners can chuck it out and will not curse your memory.’
      • ‘And if they still don't work, you chuck them away.’
      • ‘I can never quite bring myself to chuck this shirt away.’
      • ‘People's hearts are in their projects, and you can't chuck things out willy-nilly.’
      • ‘When she finished she crumpled the piece of paper into a ball and chucked it away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can enjoy them for a season and chuck them away before you get bored.’
      throw away, discard, throw out, dispose of, get rid of, toss out, dump, bin, scrap, jettison
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    2. 1.2 Give up (a job or activity) suddenly.
      ‘Richard chucked his cultural studies course’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Remember the women from Swansea who chucked in comfy jobs and bought a collapsing cottage?’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘They both chucked in their good jobs, and went off and opened an art and craft shop and gallery in Limerick's Thomas Street.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This story began when Rosemary chucked in her long-time job as a salesperson to join two others in founding GK Pride.’
      • ‘A couple of the receptionists have had to chuck it and get other jobs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘When investment bankers and airline stewardesses dream of chucking it all to become candy artisans, this is the chocolate they dream of making.’
      • ‘Mark Albion, who chucked a fast-track career at Harvard Business School, proves that there's a third way.’
      • ‘He chucked in his rope-access maintenance job and trained to become one of Poland's first stockbrokers.’
      • ‘Virago, who chucked in varsity studies to join P&O as a 19-year-old in 1995, urges more women to consider maritime careers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he chucked the job when the routine got boring.’
      • ‘Are you ready to chuck in your well-paid but boring Management Consultancy post to pursue a career in the media?’
      • ‘I'd chuck all this to have been a second baseman for the Red Sox.’
      give up, leave, resign from, abandon, relinquish
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    3. 1.3 Break off a relationship with (a partner)
      ‘Mary chucked him for another guy’
      • ‘I listened to it the day, well the day after, my girlfriend chucked me.’
      • ‘Do not try to save yourself from feeling guilty by behaving like a pig for two months so she'll chuck you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the most part, it's about getting back at people who chucked you.’
      • ‘He becomes homesick, his girlfriend chucks him for a Tannadice midfielder, he takes to drink and gives up the game.’
      • ‘Some friends are obviously more fun than others, but I think it would be too hurtful simply to chuck her now.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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Phrases

  • chuck it all in

    • informal Abandon a course of action or way of life, especially for another that is radically different.

      • ‘Sometimes, I'm convinced that I could do it - particularly at those moments when life dishes out a little too much to put up with and I feel that I could quite happily chuck it all in.’
      • ‘So the minute he is old enough he chucks it all in and goes travelling, joining in the wars which were boiling away in Europe at this time.’
      • ‘But after all that study and wading through red tape, they'd chucked it all in for a life of baked beans, roll-ups and art.’
      • ‘I was surprised that no one posted that we should just chuck it all in and let the child sleep with us - that bit of advice invariably pops up when we speak with friends of ours who have children.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it's highly unlikely that I would be able to chuck it all in and go make nature movies.’
      • ‘With no gigs, no show and no prospects, Sadowitz chucked it all in and worked behind the counter in a friend's magic shop for five years.’
      • ‘The two met one day on this very patio and decided to chuck it all in order to start up a ‘bad pun magazine.’’
      • ‘We are all familiar with the countless tomes written over the past two decades by career women who have decided to chuck it all in to spend more time with their kids.’
      • ‘Having toyed with chucking it all in after hearing a friend had committed suicide, with his music as the soundtrack, Lanegan was swayed by the argument that perhaps his songs lifted rather than deepened the depression of his listeners.’
      • ‘But don't feel too sorry for them, he went on to say, such people are trapped because they are too highly qualified, too highly paid and too highly committed to chuck it all in and start over.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • chuck someone out

    • Force someone to leave a building.

      ‘the tenants have been chucked out of the cottages’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It then got a bit ugly - the night porter was called and tried to ‘arrest’ me and chuck me out.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Remember what happened to King Lear; he generously gave away everything to his daughters, who then chucked him out.’
      • ‘Hopefully they won't actually chuck me out if I do sneak in.’
      • ‘He said he only went back for his coat… but I chucked him out again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Oh I see, they're chucking Lisa out and trying to close up for the day.’
      • ‘Later, despite his feeble protestations, she petulantly chucks him 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.’
      • ‘Then one day, he came in saying he had been chucked out of home and needed £100 for a deposit for a house.’
      • ‘‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She giggled about it and called over this big guy who chucked me out by the ear.’
      • ‘I feel angry because they just want to chuck me out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He chucked her out onto the street and they soon divorced.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

chuck

/CHək/

Main definitions of chuck in English

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chuck2

verb

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

    • ‘She smiled wickedly and chucked him under the chin.’
    • ‘She chose that moment to chuck him under the chin, laughter lighting her eyes.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Nicholas laughed and lightly chucked Susan under the chin.’

noun

  • A playful touch 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kelly reached forward and gave her a token chuck under the chin.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

chuck

/CHək/

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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Options include live spindle with C axis, part and tool probe systems, and a range of manual or hydraulic chucks and automatic chuck changers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When configured as a drill, the tool includes a 24-position clutch and a keyless chuck.’
    • ‘Other keyless devices consist of rotating knobs (similar to a chuck on a drill) on the slide mechanism.’
    • ‘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 edger's chuck turns slowly as the lens is cut to shape.’
    • ‘Most new 3/8 " drills already come with a keyless chuck.’
    • ‘Place the wood in the chuck of an electric drill which is held in a vice.’
    • ‘Remove the bit and look for any slack in the keyless chuck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 tool surrounds the workpiece and it provides the cutting speed while the workpiece is rotated by the hydraulic chucks; this provides the feed.’
    • ‘The wood in the drill chuck is hand shaped using glass paper to produce the sight tip.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 base of the carbon mandrel is placed in the chuck of an electric drill.’
    • ‘One of the challenges of crank grinding relates to clamping the workpiece in the chuck so that the crank pin can be cylindrically ground.’
  • 2A cut of beef that extends from the neck to the ribs, typically used for stewing.

    • ‘Cut the pork, venison, chuck steak and kielbasa sausage into 2.5cm / 1in cubes, then toss together in the flour.’
    • ‘Similarly, the steak and kidney pie is now made with best blade steak rather than chuck beef.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also found that higher levels of marbling were preferred for loin steaks but discounted in chuck roasts.’
    • ‘I use chuck steak because I can find good quality at a reasonable price.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first gentleman behind the counter said they didn't make their ground beef with chuck.’
    • ‘I feel I deserve a little bit of happiness, I am not asking for the whole pie, just a good fatty chuck.’
    • ‘To prepare her meat, she seared a 2-pound chuck roast and 4 country-style ribs in a large Dutch oven.’
    • ‘Bloom feels that ground chuck is a better choice because sirloin loses its fat and juices, especially on the grill.’
    • ‘If you choose cuts of meat labeled chuck or round they will be less tender.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The beef type chuck includes chuck, clod, and round.’
    • ‘Shred about 10 ounces cooked beef brisket or chuck.’
    • ‘Back then, meatloaf prepared with 27% fat ground chuck was standard fare.’
    • ‘They prefer chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes to hamburger or ground beef.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

chuck

/CHək/

Main definitions of chuck in English

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chuck4

noun

US
informal
  • Food or provisions.

    • ‘Moving to America, one finds that the category of food known as chuck to cowboys is rich in examples of one-pot dishes.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: perhaps the same word as chuck.

Pronunciation:

chuck

/CHək/

Main definitions of chuck in English

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chuck5

noun

Pronunciation:

chuck

/CHək/