One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Abandon or give up something, especially one's job.‘why has he thrown up a promising career in politics?’give up, abandon, relinquish, resign, resign from, leave, eschew, abdicateView synonyms
2informal Vomit something one has eaten or drunk.
- ‘As soon as I ate a bag of my favourite crisps, I would feel the urge and need to just bring myself to throw them up again.’
- ‘And then they're sick and kind of throw it up.’
3Produce something and bring it to notice.‘he saw the prayers of the Church as a living and fruitful tradition 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).’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
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.’
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