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thraw

[thraw, thrah] /θrɔ, θrɑ/
verb (used with object)
1.
British Dialect. to throw.
2.
Scot.
  1. to twist; distort.
  2. to oppose; thwart; vex.
verb (used without object)
3.
Scot. to disagree; object.
adjective
4.
Scot. thrawn (def 1).
Origin of thraw
(v.) Scots, N England dialect form of throw (retaining in part earliest sense of the word); (adj.) apparently shortened from thrawn
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  • Between three and thirteen, thraw the woodie when it's green.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • My opponent could not thraw me, as 'ee have seen, and I couldn't thraw 'im.

    Ande Trembath

    Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • That corpses might begin to “thraw,” if carelessly watched, was a prevalent superstition.

  • Nowt o' me's zo zmall as can thraw to heaven through tha straight and narrer way.

    The Treasure of Heaven Marie Corelli
  • Sit down an thraw aff your dirty claes, an tell us what ye hae seen the night.

  • But I'm not the woman to see ye disappointed, and I think if ye'll try me, I'll thraw ye myself.'

    Ben Comee

    M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • So I spoke up and said the peasantry pronounced the word three, not thraw.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • And what will ye do, if I carena to thraw the keys, or draw the bolts, or open the grate to sic a clamjamfrie?

    The Black Dwarf Sir Walter Scott

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