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throw down

  1. to offer or accept a challenge to fight
  2. to fight
a challenge, esp to physical or artistic competition
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  • Darby had dared to throw down a very imposing card-edifice, and for the moment the fellow was odious to him.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • We should have wanted to skip to the last page—and then throw down the book.

    The Long Run Edith Wharton
  • They throw down between the wall and the tower, pots of burning oil, blazing wood, and Greek fire.

    With Spurs of Gold Frances Nimmo Greene
  • At length I saw him throw down his load and plunge into the thicket.

  • There were times when he longed to throw down the table and flee into the night.

  • throw down the fence and turn them into the stranger's field.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • The best thing to do, when the game is lost, is to throw down your cards.

    813 Maurice Leblanc
Slang definitions & phrases for throw down

throw down

verb phrase

  1. To threaten or challenge; start trouble: I told him about Sam throwing down on me with a gun/ irate macho mesomorphs about to throw down (1950s+)
  2. To challenge a rival break dancer by performing a particularly difficult feat or gyration (1980s+ Black teenagers)
  3. To have fun; get down, party: I'm going to throw down at the party Saturday night (1980s+ Teenagers)
  4. To eat, esp voraciously: threw down some burgers

[first two senses perhaps fr late 1800s throw down on, ''aim one's pistol at''; perhaps fr throw down the gauntlet, ''issue a challenge,'' found by 1548]

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