Definition of hurl in English:

hurl

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Throw (an object) with great force.

    ‘rioters hurled a brick through the windshield of a car’
    • ‘The police, instead of stopping the massacre, hurled tear-gas at the protestors converting them into sitting ducks.’
    • ‘A woman believes she could have died after a brick was hurled at her car as she drove along a quiet Lancaster street.’
    • ‘Eastleigh police are vowing to get tough with vandals who are putting the lives of motorists at risk by hurling missiles at cars.’
    • ‘Missiles were thrown, petrol bombs were hurled, barricades were erected, cars were set alight and so on.’
    • ‘Protesters hurled stones, pounded cars and shouted about the US and Egypt's leaders.’
    • ‘Chairs were thrown, objects hurled, electrical disturbances came and went.’
    • ‘Leeds fans responded by ripping out their wooden seats and hurling them towards the pitch.’
    • ‘Angered by the show of force, workers hurled stones, iron rods and machine parts.’
    • ‘Climbing from the car he hurled his gloves to the ground and then wept uncontrollably.’
    • ‘Former intelligence officers demanding back pay or jobs hurled stones at US forces.’
    • ‘Another resident, who not be named for fear of reprisals, said she lived in constant fear of having a brick hurled through her window.’
    • ‘Police in Austria are hunting for a phantom cabbage thrower after a series of incidents in which the vegetables were hurled at cars near Innsbruck.’
    • ‘I hurled the keys, dashed out the door, and sprinted the eight blocks back to our hotel in the dark.’
    • ‘When police arrived at the house, they were attacked by a mob hurling stones, bricks and fireworks.’
    • ‘Two men headed for the front door of the bank armed with guns while the other two stood on the roof of the car and hurled a beer barrel through the window above the cashpoint.’
    • ‘The motive for the strikes where paintstripper was hurled over their cars overnight last Thursday still remains unclear.’
    • ‘Last summer and autumn France's suburban youths rioted on a nightly basis, burning cars and buildings and hurling missiles at police.’
    • ‘When I was a little kid, I thought nothing of tossing a gum wrapper on the ground, and was even known to hurl debris from our car window.’
    • ‘I had visions of a fire extinguisher being hurled from the train, or a toilet being smashed up.’
    • ‘He needed hospital treatment for injuries including cuts and concussion - and later found the youths had hurled rocks at his car which is now beyond repair.’
    throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, send, bowl, aim, direct, project, propel, fire, let fly
    chuck, heave, sling, buzz, whang, bung
    peg
    hoy
    bish
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    1. 1.1 Push or impel (someone) violently.
      ‘I seized Nathan and hurled him into the lobby’
      figurative ‘he hurled himself into the job with enthusiasm’
      • ‘The sheer force of it hurled them apart, sending them both flying through the air.’
      • ‘They attack the car by hurling their bodies directly into it.’
      throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, send, bowl, aim, direct, project, propel, fire, let fly
      chuck, heave, sling, buzz, whang, bung
      peg
      hoy
      bish
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    2. 1.2 Utter (abuse) vehemently.
      ‘they were hurling insults over a back fence’
      • ‘One night they were hurling the choicest of abuses on journalists.’
      • ‘But when Bradford Council workers came to clear the pile, abuse was hurled at them from angry residents.’
      • ‘Deeply aggrieved members hurled abuse at the directors, innocent as they are of any blame for what has taken place.’
      • ‘Racist abuse that has been hurled at Chris Billy and myself, along with black players from other clubs, should not be happening - let alone from our own fans.’
      • ‘Eggs have been thrown at the library doors, staff have been attacked with stones and foul-mouthed youths have hurled abuse at readers.’
      • ‘Children hurled abuse at him and even attacked him because of a rare condition which has left him disfigured.’
      • ‘The workmen hurled abuse at each other over the clatter.’
      • ‘However, even with the abuse I hurl at the idiots, it does make for an interesting programme.’
      • ‘He was among the loudest of his group, shouting: ‘Come on if you want it,’ to the home fans and gesturing to them as his companions hurled abuse.’
      • ‘It serves as a shield to give her the strength to get through each day, to ward off the insults that have been hurled at her almost from the day she arrived.’
      • ‘The court heard that it ended with Young hurling abuse at the cashier including racist insults.’
      • ‘They say youths have hurled abuse at elderly shoppers, scaring them away, and that the problem gets worse during the half-term school holidays.’
      • ‘He also gives the players a list of abuses to be hurled at opposition players.’
      • ‘He has been spat at and abuse has been hurled at him.’
      • ‘But journalists who hurl the most appalling abuse at officials of the government are not well placed to act pious when that abuse redounds upon their sources.’
      • ‘A baying mob of youths hurled abuse at firefighters as they battled a suspicious rubbish fire threatening to engulf an electricity pylon.’
      • ‘Problems included loud music, out-of-control dogs, residents being assaulted and abuse and insults hurled at people in the street.’
      • ‘A gang of racist thugs hurled abuse at an Asian bus driver in yet another incident of violence and intimidation.’
      • ‘Every day, he says, children would hurl obscene and offensive abuse at teachers.’
      • ‘I have seen what Michael is referring to, plus the abuse which is hurled at apprentice referees from the bleachers is driving a number of them from the scene also.’
    3. 1.3informal [no object] Vomit.
      ‘it made me want to hurl’
      • ‘I spent the entire night before my Communion in the bathroom hurling up my unworthiness.’
      • ‘But the sight made me sick all of a sudden and I felt like hurling.’
      • ‘The one your friends think is adorable, even when it hurls on their shoes?’
      • ‘That is on top of this story from last week by that made me feel like hurling when I read it.’
      be sick, spew, spew up, fetch up
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Origin

Middle English: probably imitative, but corresponding in form and partly in sense with Low German hurreln.

Pronunciation:

hurl

/hərl/