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1‘he chucked the letter into the bin’
throw, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, project, propel, send, bowl
let fly with
heave, sling, bung, buzz, whang
North American peg
2‘I kept the personal bits and pieces and chucked the rest’
throw away, discard, throw out, dispose of, get rid of, toss out, dump, bin, scrap, jettison
ditch, junk, get shut of
British get shot of
North American trash
keep, retain, hold on to
3‘I've decided to chuck my job’
give up, leave, resign from, abandon, relinquish
quit, pack in, jack in
4‘Mary chucked him for another guy’
leave, throw over, drop, finish with, stop going out with, break off one's relationship with, desert, abandon, leave high and dry
dump, ditch, give someone the elbow, walk out on, run out on, leave flat
British give someone the push, give someone the big E, bin off
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