Definition of throw in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said the boys threw lumps of concrete and bricks at his client's window and doors.’
    • ‘‘They were picking up stones and throwing them at the swans,’ he added.’
    • ‘Bo heard a gasp, and then something being thrown in his general direction.’
    • ‘After repeatedly warning the boys to stop throwing food and keep quiet, the manager finally told them to leave.’
    • ‘Mila rolled her eyes and threw one of her pillows at him.’
    • ‘Whirling around, he swung hard with the Golden Axe, deflecting a flurry of knives that had been thrown in his direction.’
    • ‘We were throwing dirt and stones on their faces.’
    • ‘He palmed another stone and threw it again, with more force.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Madeleine burst out laughing at my grumpy expression and threw one of her pillows at me.’
    • ‘Seeing the movement, he threw his knife hitting the man squarely in the chest.’
    • ‘Just than a passing youth snatched the woman's handbag and sprinted off, throwing it to another boy on a bike.’
    • ‘Some demonstrators then threw stones at the officers.’
    • ‘Often, there'd be the added distraction of other gangs of local layabouts throwing sticks and stones at you an your way through.’
    • ‘Running towards the house alone, through a hail of bullets, he threw bombs at the position and silenced the gun.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘I bent down to take them but then the door suddenly slammed open and I was thrown back, head first.’
      • ‘I am on the phone in my room when the force of the explosion throws me off the chair.’
      • ‘He was about halfway to me when he was suddenly thrown back into the air.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Suddenly the ship was thrown violently to the right.’
      • ‘The force throws me forward on to my hands and knees and I gasp rather than scream.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A sharp force hit her suddenly and she was thrown off the bed.’
      • ‘Once she was about to release the energy she was suddenly thrown back into the wall by an invisible force.’
      • ‘The physical force of the explosion threw me back into the wall.’
      • ‘Immediately the rear passenger door was thrown open and a man leapt into the seat behind him and grabbed him around the throat.’
      • ‘With that, a force suddenly threw us both out of the circle again.’
      • ‘The force threw Rebecca off the bed - it was just horrific.’
      • ‘I threw my bedroom door open at ten at night and smiled because my homework and chores were finally completed.’
      • ‘His SUV was suddenly thrown to the side violently when a truck came barreling down from the left side of the intersection.’
      • ‘The officer on the passenger side was thrown clear of the wreck and was only slightly hurt.’
      • ‘Suddenly, he threw his weight against the wood, trying to push it.’
      • ‘Swivelling his aim again the man threw himself backward as he gained sight of the jeep.’
      • ‘I threw open his closet and grimaced at the dust that flew from it.’
      • ‘I walked in the door and threw open three of the windows.’
      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 security cordon 20 kilometres wide has been thrown around the resort village.’
      • ‘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 cordon thrown around the house was extended during a search of the house yesterday and a tent was put up at the front door.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One time I went down and went to the house and walked through the Secret Service cordon that had been thrown around the house.’
      • ‘A tight security cordon has been thrown up around the centre to secure the privacy of relatives of the missing.’
    3. 1.3 Move (a part of the body) quickly or suddenly in a particular direction.
      ‘she threw her head back and laughed’
      • ‘I laughed a little and opened the door, throwing my arms around his neck and hugging him tightly.’
      • ‘And suddenly, someone threw an arm around my waist and yanked me back, right off my feet.’
      • ‘He cleared his throat, thumped on his chest a bit, then threw his arms out wide.’
      • ‘In one swift and graceful movement, she threw her arms around him, burying herself in the fabric of his clothing.’
      • ‘Her arms were thrown up in the air in exasperation, she turning away momentarily.’
      • ‘Gangling and physical, she throws her limbs about and struggles out of her battered army jacket.’
      • ‘Without stopping his movement, Trent threw his arms around Ally and she did the same to him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The flushed cheeks didn't disappear when an arm was thrown carelessly about his shoulders.’
      • ‘She opened the door and threw her arms around Logan relieved.’
      • ‘She opened the door, threw her arms around him, and pressed her lips to his.’
      • ‘Dice woke groggily and rolled over, throwing one arm over to the side.’
    4. 1.4 Project or cast (light or shadow) in a particular direction.
      ‘a chandelier threw its bright light over the walls’
      • ‘She poked at the fire causing it to flare up and throw more shadows across their faces.’
      • ‘The light threw shadows around the cluttered room as I rubbed my eyes, and sighed at the lines on the drawing board.’
      • ‘The light bulb from the ceiling caused the shadows to be thrown at an odd angle to the left.’
      • ‘Her reflection was eerie and the skylight threw a shocking bright light down on top of her.’
      • ‘Light from the right throws the shadow of a French door or tall window onto the walls and drapes.’
      • ‘The two backed into a small shaft of light thrown by a small window above.’
      • ‘The cracking campfire threw warm, dancing light over everything, shadows flickering at the edges.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As Tracy replied, the sun soared out from behind a cloud and threw brilliant rays of light through the window.’
      • ‘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 blinds in the living room cast off an eerie glow of white light, slants thrown across the room.’
      • ‘Individual fixtures are fitted onto a surface-mounted or suspended track and may be adjusted to throw light in any direction.’
      • ‘Then two of the lamps that move round to throw the prettiest patterns on the walls and ceiling turned out to be faulty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She watched the shadow that was thrown on the wall.’
      • ‘She could see his shadow, thrown onto the wall over her head, and watched him out of the corner of her eye.’
      • ‘The men cross the dunes; afternoon light throws long shadows onto the scrub.’
      • ‘The circle of light thrown by the flashlight was still hitting a granite wall, but a feet or two lower, it was not.’
      project, cast, send, give off, emit, radiate
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    5. 1.5 Deliver (a punch)
      • ‘He got up quickly and both fighters began to battle quickly, blocking a punch, then throwing one.’
      • ‘You smash them until they are unable to make a fist, much less throw a punch.’
      • ‘She took several steps and threw a quick right punch at the man, but he side stepped and grabbed her arm.’
      • ‘He throws out a weak punch that strikes me across the face.’
      • ‘The first punch I threw at Rusty landed, but he managed to block everything else.’
      • ‘There was no serious scuffling and no punches thrown.’
      • ‘You had one fighter aggressive and moving forward and the other fighter countering effectively but not throwing as many punches.’
      • ‘He needs to throw harder punches, and that he's not connecting for that reason.’
      • ‘The Blue Archer quickly recovered and threw a few more punches, a few hitting their mark, parrying the retaliating blows well.’
      • ‘I can throw a punch harder than Philip.’
      • ‘Meanwhile he throws quick, accurate punches at the right time to the right place.’
      • ‘The movements and throwing a punch was too much for her weak ribs.’
      • ‘Once he reached the wounded youth, he was forced to dodge a punch thrown randomly in his direction.’
      • ‘Without warning, Jason stepped forward, and threw out a punch; his fist connecting with Josh's cheek.’
      • ‘Tom charged the intruder, but before he could throw a punch the boy grabbed his head and slammed it into the rock wall.’
      • ‘He tells himself over and over, I need to throw more punches.’
      • ‘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 jumped up, and charged into the stands, throwing punches as he climbed over seats.’
      • ‘The next punch she threw he caught, trapping her tiny fist in his hand.’
      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.
      • ‘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 threw on my housecoat and went to the door’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He threw them on and slipped on some black loafers next to his bed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.
      • ‘If only there were a switch we could throw to put it right.’
      • ‘Are there particular enzymes that could be targeted to reduce genomic instability, active-site switches to throw on or block?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seeing A's switch thrown to the right, she now moves her switch to the right as well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's throwing switches, pushing buttons, and changing things around a bit.’
      • ‘Just before the lever gets thrown, Rocky erupts into a watery, gelatinous mass of pleading regret.’
      • ‘We held our breath as this switches were thrown and the power came up.’
      • ‘There is no other institution in the world that teaches its people to throw that many switches that fast.’
      • ‘Change is not like a switch that gets thrown and you're forever different.’
      • ‘When the parents arrive it's as if a switch has been thrown and behaviour patterns set back twenty or more years.’
      operate, switch on, click on, engage, move
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    10. 1.10 Roll (dice)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People are chattering and laughing; dice are being thrown; there is the constant clattering of mah-jong tiles.’
      • ‘One designated player is required to play cards from his hand matching the colours shown on the thrown dice.’
      • ‘This guess is like the prediction that a six-sided dice thrown 6,000 times lands exactly 1,000 times on the prime side.’
      • ‘At the core of the game is throwing dice on the table for positioning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This was the first pair of dice thrown out in Atlantic City.’
      • ‘It was an interruption of his concentration upon the interminable playing of dominoes, or cards, or 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dice have already been thrown and we cannot reverse the roll.’
      • ‘These scholars did not obtain these dates by throwing dice!’
      • ‘Players land ships at anchorages and venture inland in search of buried treasure by putting counters on numbered squares after throwing dice.’
      • ‘They asked God to decide for them, and they cast lots kind of like throwing dice, actually.’
      • ‘Physical methods such as tossing coins or throwing dice or picking numbered balls from a rotating drum as in Lottery games are always unpredictable.’
      • ‘With that he called for Sylvanius, who was throwing dice with the shipwrights by the boat yard.’
    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.
      • ‘I've been wondering for a while whether he was persuaded to take a bribe in return for throwing the match.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are in no way imputing that he tried to bribe him to throw a 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.’
    13. 1.13 (of a horse) lose (a shoe)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Horses throw shoes, eat food and destroy tack at an alarming rate.’
  • 2with object and adverbial Cause to enter suddenly 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.’
    • ‘They faced each other, the flickering light casting eerie shadows and throwing their faces into sharp relief.’
    • ‘The next morning, Alexis woke early and was instantly thrown into confusion at the presence of the blanket.’
    • ‘The airport, which had to be shut down for two hours, was thrown into confusion as news of the incident reached passengers.’
    • ‘The three are thrown into wild confusion as suspicion and jealousy upset the domestic bliss.’
    • ‘This is about the fifth time in three years that the place has been thrown into utter confusion.’
    • ‘The anti-war movement in Britain has thrown Muslims and the left into common struggle.’
    • ‘But the plan was thrown into disarray even before the troops began landing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alyx's whole being was thrown into confusion at what his father just told him.’
    • ‘The result was to throw China into almost total economic dependence on the Socialist bloc.’
    • ‘She was standing underground in a grey-brown tunnel, and all around bright lights threw everything into sharp relief.’
    • ‘Like a practiced ballet, Octavia and Derek performed simultaneous moves which threw her off balance.’
    • ‘Sources said the disappearance of the weapon threw the police into confusion, with some openly accusing others of misdeeds.’
    • ‘A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth.’
    • ‘The bourgeois order had been based on a clear distinction of male and female roles and identities, which were now thrown into confusion.’
    • ‘Several branches have threatened to leave the movement, which could throw its future into doubt.’
    • ‘Ken's mind was racing, he had been thrown into an insane situation so quickly and unexpectedly, he wasn't sure what to do.’
    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’
      • ‘She agreed to go to a woman's home and her husband was thrown into jail.’
      • ‘I don't know what the council intends to do with us, are they going to throw us all in jail?’
      • ‘He was thrown in jail three times, once for the unpardonable sin of allowing two lesbians to kiss in his club.’
      • ‘He bragged of his ability to throw anyone in jail at whim.’
      • ‘Eyebrows were raised this week when a criminal pleaded with a judge to throw him back in jail.’
      • ‘His other two sons were thrown into jail and were later released.’
      • ‘If I don't pay up, they can bankrupt me, seize my property, and throw me into jail.’
      • ‘A convicted thug has been jailed for throwing a witness to the floor when the pair met by chance in a corner shop.’
      • ‘Of course nobody believed him, and he was thrown into jail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was thrown in jail because of a controversial pamphlet that he wrote.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is handcuffed, strip-searched and brutalised by officials who throw him into jail.’
      • ‘It's not that they'll beat you up and torture you and throw you into jail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the Quran he is not thrown into jail after being falsely accused of attempted rape as the Bible relates.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was sure that this man would have thrown her in jail had she not escaped from his cart.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2 Disconcert; confuse.
      ‘she frowned, thrown by this apparent change of tack’
      • ‘But I wasn't, so I just carried on with the show, a little shaken and thrown.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is momentarily thrown by the comparison, but quickly warms to the topic.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.

    • ‘The art also emphasizes throwing the opponent - much like in judo - as well as various arm locks.’
    • ‘Judo is a martial art combining the use of quick movement and leverage to throw an opponent.’
    • ‘He had a disastrous opening performance on Monday in the wrestling, being thrown by Romeo, who took an early lead in the competition.’
    • ‘He had a small body but he did marvelous judo, and could throw larger opponents without using any power.’
    • ‘Next to them, 14 judo athletes took turns throwing one another.’
    • ‘She would allow him to attack with a karate chop, and he would throw her with Judo.’
    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)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do you know what it's like to be thrown by a horse?’
      • ‘Always honest to a fault about his animals, he said he'd thrown his best bronc rider.’
      • ‘He instead learned that she had been thrown by a horse, hit her head and died.’
      • ‘I intend to get back on the horse where it threw me.’
      • ‘Five of the horses bolted, throwing four of the riders.’
      • ‘The accident happened at 10.30 am last Saturday when a horse threw its rider, who wore a helmet.’
      • ‘Irritated, he grabs the bridle on one of the mules spooking it and causing it to throw its rider.’
      • ‘Problems compounded for the track in October when a horse threw its jockey during a race.’
      • ‘The horse of one of the lead knights threw its rider and bolted backward.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The horse reared upwards in sheer fright, throwing its rider sideways and underneath it.’
      • ‘I took my hands off the mane for just a second and the horse threw me.’
      • ‘This horse likes to throw his riders; I knew he had something in store for me.’
      • ‘There are numerous examples of horses at the races throwing their jockeys and running wild.’
      • ‘The horse threw the king, and, he died days later from the complications of a broken collarbone.’
      • ‘With a chorus of screams, the horses all plunged into crazed fear, throwing riders to and fro.’
      • ‘He added it was dangerous to have an eagle with a mounted hunt, as it could lead to a horse throwing a 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.’
      • ‘The horse shied, reared up, fell and threw its rider.’
      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’
    • ‘I used to throw on the wheel, but have let it go in favor of handbuilding.’
    • ‘He hand-built many works from slabs, and also had forms thrown to his specifications on the potter's wheel.’
    • ‘Similarly, simple examination of a pottery vessel should reveal whether it was hand-coiled or thrown on a wheel.’
    • ‘The pots are turned on a wheel, much as ceramic pots are thrown.’
    • ‘Dorothy made me keep a couple of the finished pots, but I never threw another one.’
    • ‘Lord's forms are hand-built rather than thrown on the wheel, but that doesn't mean they can't be erect and symmetrical.’
    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)

    • ‘In fact, I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone throw such a tantrum.’
    • ‘I can live with it now; the last tantrum has been thrown, the last hat stomped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I was a kid, I would throw an all out tantrum in the parking lot of the dentist's office.’
    • ‘In fact, I've been told, technical folks on his show are known to have walked off when he threw one of his tantrums.’
    • ‘You gotta laugh every time one of the rankings organization throws a ‘hissy fit.’’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘You should have seen the tantrum I threw, banging the floor with my fist and swearing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At some point during the tantrum I was throwing in the bathroom, I apparently touched the dried paint on the wall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No wonder kids were so prone to throwing temper tantrums in the toy aisles - these idiotic products were engraved in their little brains.’
    • ‘Then there were all the tantrums the director threw, just to make things run smoothly.’
    • ‘There is a tendency to throw temperamental fits and tantrums, which are often directed at close associates and loved ones.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 6with object Give or hold (a party)

    • ‘The college where the festival is held throws a party the night before the event.’
    • ‘It seemed like such a long time ago, yet he'd just thrown another party the last weekend.’
    • ‘I hope you are all hard at work shopping for something nice to give me at the huge party I am throwing…’
    • ‘The only thing people were talking about was some huge party Justina had thrown to celebrate her 17th birthday.’
    • ‘There would only be a few stars at the huge party which will be thrown at the 1,000 acre, 17th century estate.’
    • ‘Rachel throws a last-minute bon voyage party for Emily just so she can invite Joshua.’
    • ‘They throw an annual Christmas party for dozens of pensioners who live in sheltered housing schemes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First, I throw a big welcome party for myself and everybody else to earn the adoration of the people.’
    • ‘We broke up for good when one of my friends threw a Christmas party and she wasn't invited.’
    • ‘They then insisted on throwing a house warming party, practically smothering us with the locals, who were all very nice.’
    • ‘But to top it all off, I understand you threw a little welcome party for some of the first families?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yesterday my company threw a little lunch party for me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every couple of nights someone throws a Fireman Appreciation Party.’
    • ‘With not much to do till Friday, you can't help but start thinking about all those parties that will be thrown Saturday night.’
    • ‘The throng enjoyed a huge party thrown by the host committee at the city's aquarium following Media Day.’
    • ‘My brother's also throwing a huge party tonight and half the island's population will be there.’
    • ‘His best friend Andy was throwing a huge Christmas party, and since he was home on break he decided to go.’
    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’


  • 1An act of throwing something.

    ‘Jeter's throw to first base was too late’
    • ‘He must become more consistent on his throws to second base.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lot of his throws to first base don't go to the first baseman.’
    • ‘Instead, with her final throw she produced her season's best and held her arms aloft.’
    • ‘A steal from last June, the southpaw started the inning with a 93 mph fastball, the only velocity the pitch hit in four throws.’
    • ‘She helped him eliminate wasted motion in his throws, and a quicker release improved his accuracy.’
    • ‘The different arm angles that he had to use while making throws from third were too much for his shoulder.’
    • ‘My thinking is: be aggressive and don't be afraid to make those throws to bases.’
    • ‘It hadn't been a fast or hard throw, and she hoped (kind of) that he wasn't too badly hurt.’
    • ‘With one mighty throw, he hurtled the mirror piece into the rift, which glowed for a couple of seconds and then cleared.’
    • ‘He lunges at the open window, hurling his strawberry milkshake in a cramped overarm throw.’
    • ‘Of course I nearly took out his eye with a beautifully arced throw.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately my throw was perfectly vertical, and the stone actually came down on my head.’
    • ‘Andrews did admit, however, that he had developed a mental block that affected his throws to first base.’
    • ‘By the way, whenever umpires are hit by throws, the ball remains alive and hopefully so does the umpire.’
    • ‘Some of his shorter throws are delivered in a shot-put motion, as if the ball is filled with a heavy liquid.’
    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’
      • ‘These throws take advantage of the inertia of the opponent's travel.’
      • ‘Judo players are trained for using throws, arm bars and chokes.’
      • ‘Many of the throws in Judo will simply not work if you don't time them correctly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In both groups the victory was achieved mainly by throws and the ability to force the opponent into penalty situations.’
      • ‘It's similar to kick-boxing except that it incorporates grappling, throws and take downs.’
      • ‘Grasping the assailant's wrist and armpit he threw him over his shoulder but, hampered by his backpack, the throw was not clean.’
      • ‘Elite judo players exhibit an even distribution of right and left-side throws.’
      • ‘After a couple of years, adults become strong and have enough endurance to be ready to practice the more vigorous judo throws and pins.’
      • ‘He was especially proud of his judo skills, emphasizing throws and holds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A few years ago we had numerous complaints about pupils using wrestling throws on each other after watching World Wide Wrestling on TV.’
      • ‘The new boys were going for their first ever judo throw.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even that time she used the judo throw on him, he got up embarrassed, but he didn't turn this cute shade of pink.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2
      short for roll of the dice (see dice)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Similarly, Calvary was the final throw in Satan's power-bid for world dominion.’
      • ‘But it was made clear to him that his recommendation would be the final throw.’
      • ‘His final throw on the subject of alterations to the bill before publication came on the 14 February.’
      • ‘When that didn't work, the final throw was to hurl personal abuse at him for being a ‘liar’ over the Iraq War.’
  • 2A light cover for furniture.

    • ‘Stretching wide and stifling a yawn he threw back the several throws and duvets that covered him.’
    • ‘If you sew, create a new apron, fleece throw or keepsake pillow.’
    • ‘With pillows, throws, slipcovers or area rugs, try spring colors like baby green, citrus and robin's egg blue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He layers the bed with lots of, sort of deep, comfy fabrics, a faux chinchilla throw, kind of crazy stuff like that.’
    • ‘It's a large, traditional room with a fireplace, heavy furniture and a three-piece suite draped in throws.’
    • ‘She offers a full laundry service for duvets, throws, blankets, curtains, bed linen, team kits, etc. and her rates are very competitive.’
    • ‘If not, cover some boxes with sacking, or a throw or a neutral colored cloth and build up from there.’
    • ‘All her furniture was painted bright pink and her King size bed had black and purple throws covering it.’
    • ‘Fur throws cover the leather couches in their spacious sitting room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brighten it up with a new duvet cover or a smart throw, picking up the colour in light shades and curtains.’
    • ‘Find some warm woolly throws for your sofa and cover cold tiles and hardwood with area rugs.’
    • ‘There were quilted table-settings, quilted cushions, quilted throws.’
    • ‘I sit down on the low sofa, covered by an afghan throw.’
    • ‘Meantime, my posterior was resting on the foot of the bed, and the foot of the bed was covered with a beautiful mink throw.’
    • ‘You would have thought it relatively easy to buy curtains, cushions, throws, rugs, lighting.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1
      short for throw rug
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although they look as if they could be done by children, they still cost about £300,000 a throw.’
    each, apiece, per item, for one
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  • 4Geology
    The extent of vertical displacement between the two sides of a fault.

    • ‘In addition, large-scale isoclinal folds and normal faults with throws exceeding 10m locally occur.’
    • ‘Fault displacement varies and diminishes downwards and upwards from a central zone where the throw is highest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maximum throws, c.80 m, occur c.400 m above the downward terminations of the faults.’
    • ‘The cumulative throw across the South Alkyonides Fault decreases towards its western and eastern ends.’
  • 5usually in singular The action or motion, or the extent of such motion, of a slide valve, crank, eccentric wheel, or cam.

    1. 5.1 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Prison is not about locking people up and throwing away the key.’
      • ‘He was going to sling me into 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.’
      • ‘If the jury hears that, they're gonna want to put him in jail and throw away the key.’
  • throw dust in someone's eyes

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the meantime, let us not let them throw dust in our eyes.’
      • ‘You shall not throw dust in my eyes that way!’
  • throw good money after bad

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

      • ‘If it was me I would have thought from the very beginning that it was simply throwing good money after bad.’
      • ‘People have put money into it in the past and they have sometimes felt like they are throwing good money after bad.’
      • ‘And after two years of losses, some investors are unwilling to throw good money after bad.’
      • ‘The alternative is to go on throwing good money after bad, and that's not a sensible policy.’
      • ‘Most experts advise people against topping up their endowments, as this is seen as 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These businesses will struggle on, until their bankers or their owners become fed up of throwing good money after bad.’
      • ‘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.

      • ‘Sure enough, he sloppily but quickly dispatched Williams, who threw in the towel in the second round.’
      • ‘He didn't complain about his corner throwing in the towel, saying he understood that Turner did what he thought was right.’
      • ‘He left a trail of blood across the ring before his corner threw in the towel after 15 brutal rounds.’
      • ‘Moore got up as the bell rang but he lost the fight when his manager threw in the towel.’
      • ‘In the rematch Leonard stayed clear and boxed his opponent all over the ring till he threw in the towel.’
      • ‘The Mexican great saw his challenge end when his corner threw in the towel in the closing seconds of round 11.’
      • ‘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 was not so generous with, Dyer whose seconds threw in the towel during the sixth round.’
      • ‘Facing Hewitt, the American looked tired and out of sorts in the first set and threw in the towel in the second.’
      • ‘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.
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It has been unpleasant but I have no intention of throwing 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.’
        • ‘There are days when I feel like throwing in the towel, but I just keep hoping that things get better.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Some institutions are already throwing in the towel.’
        • ‘I lasted four years, finally throwing in the towel and heading back to the UK in 1997.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘If you're struggling to get through your workout, throw in the towel for the day instead of beating up your body even more.’
        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

    • see dice
      • ‘France and Russia are playing their cards in the security council, but this is the last throw of the dice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The charges were not backed by any proof and were probably a last desperate throw of the dice by a hysterical woman.’
      • ‘It is very, very tight and we know we've just got one throw of the dice.’
      • ‘At last, the real throw of the dice, with a quarter of an hour left.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Facing a bleak future of dispossession and impoverishment, they had appealed to the Supreme Court in a final desperate throw of the dice.’
      • ‘‘The stakes are too high and our future too important to be gambled on a reckless throw of the dice,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His appointment as coach in July last year, once seen as a desperate throw of the dice, looks an ever more shrewd choice.’
  • throw oneself on someone's mercy

    • see mercy
      • ‘‘I fear we're going to be throwing ourselves upon Aurora's mercy,’ he confided.’
      • ‘I throw myself upon his mercy and beseech him to shelter me and my man-servant from those who would seal our doom!’
      • ‘There is one who gave into her demands and slew the one who threw herself upon his mercy.’
    • Intentionally place oneself in a situation in which one must rely on someone else to be compassionate or lenient towards one.

      • ‘I confessed to knowing nothing about Italian cheese and threw myself on his mercy.’
      • ‘I buzzed on the salon door, was let inside, and threw myself on his mercy.’
      • ‘I prayed to Jesus to help me many times and threw myself on his mercy.’
  • throw up one's hands

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

      • ‘At some point you just throw up your hands because we're not at the table.’
      • ‘But not everyone is throwing up their hands over the issue.’
      • ‘But whatever you do, don't just throw up your hands and wait for the 2003 election.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And sometimes, it can be so ridiculous that, you know, you have to sort of throw up your hands and say, OK.’
      • ‘Respect is due to my friends for not throwing up their hands, rolling their eyes and walking away.’
      • ‘Is it just a case of throwing up our hands and praying that those we love remain untouched?’
      • ‘What could you possibly do besides throw up your hands in disgust and go home?’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The criminal subculture was completely destroyed and the prisoner was thrown back on his own conscience to feel guilt, repent, and reform.’
      • ‘So this always resourceful composer has been thrown back on his own devices, and, I would say, he has been pretty successful.’
      • ‘It's not easy being thrown back on the dole again, and I don't know what I'm going to do.’
      • ‘Without Cashman, though, George is thrown back on his own instincts.’
      • ‘In this they will in a sense be thrown back on their own moral resources.’
  • throw the baby out with the bathwater

    • Discard something valuable along with other things that are inessential or undesirable.

      • ‘In this case, I don't see how you could ‘close the loophole’ without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.’
      • ‘No right-thinking person wants to downplay this problem or its implications, but we are in danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.’
      • ‘Surely what we're doing is throwing the baby out with the bathwater if the failures of individuals lead to the rejection of a religious sense?’
      • ‘I feel I'm relatively representative of Canadians and I don't want the Conservatives throwing the baby out with the bathwater.’
      • ‘It is hoped that the reforms will achieve their purpose of improving the health system but will avoid throwing the baby out with the bathwater.’
  • throw something back in someone's face

    • Reject something in a brusque or ungracious manner.

      ‘she'd given him her trust and he'd thrown it back in her face’
      • ‘He worked hard to provide a service for just the kind of kids who threw it back in his face.’
      • ‘How could he throw her generosity back in her face?’
      • ‘Then, when they see you again (and they always see you again), the words are thrown back in your face.’
      • ‘Honestly, I try to be nice to the boy and he throws it back in my face.’
      • ‘I was extending an olive branch and all you can do is throw it back in my face.’
      • ‘I put my health and safety on the line so she can go to a party and she throws it back in my face.’
      • ‘The vision paper was lost in the cacophony of protests from angry parents who wrapped the closure proposals up with the vision paper and threw the whole lot back in the council 's face.’
      • ‘And like with all bullies, I also think the best way to treat such behaviour is to throw it back in their face - so it would be right to wear the incident like a badge of honour.’
      • ‘We gave it every chance, but our goodwill has been thrown back in our face.’
      • ‘When he gave them 300 roubles, the soldiers threw the notes back in his face and said: ‘You have dollars and only want to give us roubles.’’
  • throw the book at

    • Charge or punish (someone) as severely as possible.

      • ‘If he's guilty, they should throw the book at him.’
      • ‘Will you, Mr Speaker, sort out the chief whip and throw the book at her?’
      • ‘We're going to throw the book at you, or at least some facts, from our presidential election research editorial guide.’
      • ‘And last week, in the run-up to his visit, the Kremlin was continuing to throw the book at the company.’
      • ‘As far as we are concerned, we will throw the book at them and we would expect that magistrates do the same.’
      • ‘Her bond has been set at $50,000 and it would be nice if a judge throws the book at her.’
      • ‘But this is their opportunity to appear tough on racial sensitivity and they're going to throw the book at us.’
      • ‘Does this make you feel like throwing the book at your unsolicited informant, and to lose interest in reading on?’
      • ‘You can't throw the book at anyone because it is happening.’
      • ‘I hope that the prosecutors and law enforcement officers also take this seriously and throw the book at him if he is caught.’
      • ‘But if he doesn't, I'm sure the government is prepared to throw the book at him.’
      • ‘I suppose its best that I ask the Corporation to take away my bin and throw the book at me as you cannot get blood out of a stone - and I am that stone.’
      • ‘We have always said we're prepared to throw the book at the terrorists, because that's who we've got to concentrate upon.’
      • ‘And considering my contempt for the Ivy League, I hope, you know, they throw the book at them.’
      • ‘If so, then I do hope that the feds are throwing the book at her - I want her to fry for this!’
      • ‘If the charges are proved, throw the book at the perpetrators, but not until.’
      • ‘So they're basically saying to people, ‘If we ever find out that the claims that you made were false, look out, we're going to throw the book at you.’’
      • ‘I hope the NYC police throw the book at this woman.’
      • ‘The United States sees children killing each other in the classroom, but you can't just throw the book at them.’
      • ‘Speeders beware: judge may throw the book at you’
      scold, upbraid, berate, reprimand, reprove, rebuke, admonish, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, lecture, criticize, pull up, take to task, haul over the coals, bring to book
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  • throw cold water on

  • throw down the gauntlet

  • throw someone for a loop

  • throw in one's lot with

    • Decide to ally oneself closely with and share the fate of (a person or group)

      • ‘In 1779 Spain officially threw in her lot with the American revolutionaries and attacked British West Florida.’
      • ‘Thus far in Australia, we have decided not to throw in our lot with an aristocratic judiciary.’
      • ‘She yearned intensely to throw in her lot with us for life and yet she was inhibited by subconscious fear.’
      • ‘If he throws in his lot with the militants, we will be plunged into a welter of violence for the foreseeable future.’
      • ‘This also applied to Ireland, and several hundred young men went to Spain to throw in their lot with one side or the other.’
      • ‘He also found that historical circumstances forced him to throw in his lot with the poor.’
      • ‘The five dairy co-op shareholders decided to throw in their lot with Philip at the end of the day.’
      • ‘When things didn't happen for me, I took the advice of my family and decided to throw in my lot with Ireland.’
      • ‘In 1921, she finally threw in her lot with the Liberals, running as a candidate for the party.’
      • ‘They call off the wedding amiably and Susan decides to throw in her lot with the Harvey girls.’
      join forces with, join up with, form an alliance with, ally with, align oneself with, link up with, go into league with, combine with, join fortunes with, make common cause with
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  • throw light on

  • throw money at something

    • Try to solve (a problem) by recklessly spending money on it, without due consideration of what is required.

      • ‘In indigenous affairs, there is a growing acceptance that Aboriginal disadvantage cannot be alleviated by throwing money at it.’
      • ‘You don't repair the ravages of time just by throwing money at them.’
      • ‘However, money is not the driving force for Gen-Xers and companies that try to coerce them by throwing money at them will not see results.’
      • ‘The problem is too complicated to be reduced to a simple lack of cash, and as a consequence cannot be solved by simply throwing money at it.’
      • ‘Why throw money at something that isn't working?’
      • ‘Commendable as it might be, it doesn't take much effort to give cash, then walk away from the problem you are trying to solve by throwing money at it.’
      • ‘It's bad policy because it throws money at problems without actually solving them.’
      • ‘This is because most school systems, when faced with problems, throw money at them.’
      • ‘I wasn't surprised to find that he had funded the publishing of it himself - because no publishing company in their right mind would want to throw money at it.’
      • ‘He has gambled that problems would be solved by throwing money at them, but failed to show the political courage required to tackle chronic problems.’
  • throw one's weight around

    • informal Be unpleasantly self-assertive.

      • ‘Problem is, you tend to get young blokes coming in groups of two or three, and just throwing their weight around.’
      • ‘I'll bet he was a real jerk around enlisted men… always throwing his weight around.’
      • ‘Finally we have the realisation that throwing our weight around in other countries might come back to haunt us.’
      • ‘For the moment Chirac can still enjoy the best of both worlds: standing up to the USA, and throwing his weight around in Francophone Africa.’
      • ‘She seemed nice at first, but within a couple of days of them hooking up she started throwing her weight around, acting like they'd been going out for a year.’
      • ‘I think a lot of us feel that there are too many senior doctors throwing their weight around.’
      • ‘When you've already arrived you don't have to throw your weight around.’
      • ‘Officials tended to throw their weight around, whilst deferring to those above them on the bureaucratic ladder, to scramble for petty privilege, and to defend their narrow departmental turf.’
      • ‘He is the typical office bully who throws his weight around because he is the boss's man.’
      • ‘The scientist-hero of the story then begins throwing his weight around, bending ministers to his will.’
  • throw one's weight behind

    • Use one's influence to help support.

      • ‘Influential church leaders threw their weight behind the strike.’
      • ‘The President told us that we had their confidence and that they supported what we did and threw their weight behind us.’
      • ‘Gilbert is the latest business figure to throw his weight behind Scotland's bid to host the 2008 European football championships.’
      • ‘At Tuesday night's council meeting, she surprised some by throwing her weight behind the project.’
      • ‘Foreign Affairs Minister Brian Cowen also threw his weight behind the Treaty.’
      • ‘The campaign has the full support of the health industry, with many respected consultants throwing their weight behind the scheme.’
      • ‘He threw his weight behind three candidates in last year's City Council elections.’
      • ‘Mr Murdoch told a Los Angeles conference he did not support a Conservative proposal to cap immigration and threw his weight behind Labour's points system.’
      • ‘The establishment decided in her favour and threw their weight behind her claim to the throne and maintaining the status quo.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • throw oneself at

    • Appear too eager to become the sexual partner of.

      • ‘I mean, how many other woman do I have to watch throw themselves at you?’
      • ‘I've seen groupies on the road and women just throwing themselves at you just because you're famous, and I hate that.’
      • ‘She also knew that Melissa was a flirt and enjoyed throwing herself at men.’
      • ‘And single, willing men are throwing themselves at me as well, which is getting annoying.’
      • ‘He sounded so sure of himself that I had to wonder how many girls readily threw themselves at him, eager for a date.’
      • ‘She felt violated by the fact that he was treating her like some strumpet that would throw herself at him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 is one sexy lady, she's had four fabulous men throw themselves at her in just three episodes.’
      • ‘I even considered going to his house (a forty-minute drive) some night and throwing myself at him, which is pathetic.’
  • throw something away

    • 1Discard something as useless or unwanted.

      • ‘When the crop had matured, the seeds were removed and the flesh was thrown away.’
      • ‘He stops writing and throws the paper away, crying into his hands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She threw the bottle away and searched through the other cabinets for something edible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As I was walking to the rubbish bin to throw the empty bottles away I spotted Leon and Alaina.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
        • ‘But then we played Sheffield at Leeds the following year and threw the 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.’
        • ‘They were 1-0 up after scoring a penalty in the second minute, but somehow threw it away, losing 2-1.’
        • ‘‘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 have given ourselves a chance but we cannot afford to throw it away against Edinburgh.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘We are in a better position than what we were earlier this week and we must not throw this chance 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.

      • ‘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 in

    • 1Include something, typically at no extra cost, with something that is being sold or offered.

      ‘they cut the price by $100 and threw in an AC adaptor’
      • ‘But I hear there was a deal in Trevor Square, Knightsbridge, on a new-build penthouse where the car parking was thrown in free?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You hire a room to yourselves (kids are thrown in for free), containing a small steam chamber and a big white bath.’
      • ‘Wareing, being a generous chap, threw the food in for free.’
    • 2Make a remark casually as an interjection in a conversation.

      ‘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.’
  • throw oneself into

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

      ‘Eve threw herself into her work’
      • ‘You see Willow, I know what you're looking for, and you have no idea what you're throwing yourself into.’
      • ‘Then she says she will look around and see what challenges she can throw herself into.’
      • ‘Every time we practice, we throw ourselves into the writing process.’
      • ‘The teaching staff, who threw themselves into their roles with vigour, never really managed to raise themselves above the level of historical re-enactors.’
      • ‘Regular training, however, was not something I threw myself into.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whatever they do, whether alone or with a partner, they throw themselves into.’
      • ‘Youth in particular long for something they can throw themselves into with the passion of a martyr.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Government has decided it is not the right time to throw the market open.’
      • ‘And today, as India throws its own economy open to the global market, that change is gathering speed.’
      • ‘This proves that the left over lush green forest tracks are thrown open to smugglers.’
      • ‘In the 90s, social programs were gutted at the same time markets were thrown open.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Globalization has meant economic liberalization, which has meant throwing markets open to international competition.’
      • ‘But that doesn't mean 35% of the market has been thrown open to real competition.’
      • ‘Greenhead school's sporting facilities have been thrown open to clubs across the district as part of an innovative partnership.’
      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’
        • ‘He rounds things off before throwing the floor open for discussion.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Just throwing a topic open like this is - frankly - a bit lame.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘So I'm throwing the thread open to my readers: what's the most important job in the world?’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It merits more discussion, and the paper throws it open for the community to try to interpret.’
  • throw someone out

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

      • ‘He said, ‘Dave, throw him out of the Air Force.’’
      • ‘The court case was brought after he was thrown out of the tour for suspected doping.’
      • ‘While they brought scandalous scores on Saturday, he was thrown out of the tournament after reporting late.’
      • ‘But his dreams were shattered when the organisers threw him out unceremoniously.’
      • ‘She threw the rule book out the window when he threw Beverley out of the organisation.’
      • ‘A young woman was thrown out of the beauty pageant after the organizers discovered she had had cosmetic surgery.’
      • ‘There was no talk of throwing him out of the Fianna Fáil organisation.’
      • ‘These days he would be thrown out of the force for saying that, if not arrested and flogged.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If my colleagues knew I was here, I would be thrown out of our organisation, just like that!’
      expel, eject, evict, drive out, force out, oust, remove
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    • 2Put out a runner by a throw to the base being approached, followed by a tag.

  • throw something out

    • 1Discard something as unwanted.

      • ‘I need to throw some rubbish out, then I'm going to have a shower and go.’
      • ‘Other artworks were thrown out with the household rubbish.’
      • ‘It sat in the back seat of the car festering the whole day but none of us could bring ourselves 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.’
      • ‘It was empty, but for some reason he couldn't bring himself to throw it out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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's really sweet actually but Mom wanted to throw it out because it brought back too many memories of her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you got caught with a comic, the teacher threw it out.’
    • 2(of a court, legislature, or other body) dismiss or reject something brought before it.

      ‘the charges were thrown out by the judge’
      • ‘Happily, late last year a US court threw the case out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Another accusation of operating an illegal business was thrown out by the court.’
      • ‘Other insurers named in the case are banking that it will be thrown out by the federal court for the Southern District of Florida.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.

      • ‘Early in life, she identified herself through an illicit passion with an aristocrat who threw her over after she became pregnant.’
      • ‘His first wife threw him over for a teaching assistant on a college campus.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.

      • ‘I thought that would be a terrific way to throw people together who would normally not be together.’
      • ‘It will help break the ice by throwing people together for some healthy competition.’
      • ‘It threw people together, and forced one half of the country to see ‘how the other half lived’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The teams throw people together that may not know each other outside of the rodeo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Second, if you are pulling the support units from different combat units, you may be throwing people together who haven't been training together.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a delicate process to throw people together on radio or in life, but with them, it works beautifully.’
      • ‘Just throwing people together in hopes of providing personal contact is not enough to overcome this sort of behavior.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We threw it together, but everyone loved it anyway.’
      • ‘The general feeling seems to be that the plot was thrown together and the story lacks structure.’
      • ‘Interviews also mentioned they threw the movie together in a very short period of time, and it shows in parts.’
      • ‘I will throw some things together and we will meet you out there!’
      • ‘I'm thinking I might try and throw something together as well.’
      • ‘I like illustrations that don't look as though they were thrown together in a hurry!’
      • ‘Anyway, guess who had to drop everything - including his beloved blog - and scramble to throw something together on the fly?’
      • ‘They have a bunch of ambitious interns throw something together in a day.’
      improvise, contrive, devise, throw together, cobble together, concoct, rig, jury-rig, put together
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  • throw up

    • Vomit.

      • ‘Of the four of us at least one has been throwing up or coughing all through the night pretty much constantly.’
      • ‘If you're going to push a toddler on a playground swing until the child throws up, push him from behind, not in front.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws 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.’
      • ‘The smell of the vegetarian food makes him sick and he feels like throwing up.’
      • ‘The Fair is the one place where you can throw up, and no one thinks you're drunk or sick.’
      • ‘He coughed violently and promptly threw up on the sparkling floor.’
      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.

      • ‘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 that threw up new ideas’
      • ‘That's why this stupid idea has been thrown up now.’
      • ‘Interesting ideas were thrown up on forging identities.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
    • 4Erect a building or structure hastily.

      • ‘This is living as if we mean to stay, not actually throwing buildings up as quickly as possible, as cheaply as possible and, in an energy sense, as frivolously as possible.’
  • throw money around

    • Spend money freely and ostentatiously.

      • ‘It may well be that airline travel for the masses simply isn't a workable entity without a red-hot economic boom to encourage companies to throw money around like water.’
      • ‘As always, throwing money around in an undisciplined manner will prove to be wasteful down the road.’
      • ‘I figure the way you're throwing money around, nobody will notice.’
      • ‘She threw money around, tipping the bellboy and reservations clerk.’
      • ‘People are throwing money around like lunatics these days.’
      • ‘You wouldn't avoid saving money just because some other people throw money around, I presume.’
      • ‘Without people like him throwing money around, we wouldn't have these magnificent artworks or, indeed, the great palaces to house them.’
      • ‘If you're going to be out of work, you really can't afford to be throwing money around, can you?’
      • ‘Their marketing budget is probably five times the size of ours, but we never throw money around like that.’
      • ‘He throws money around like it's nothing, but I know he's not rich.’


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.