verb (used with object), threw, thrown, throw·ing.
- to move (a lever or the like) in order to activate, turn on, disconnect, etc., an apparatus or mechanism: to throw the switch.
- to connect, engage, disconnect, or disengage by such a procedure: to throw the current.
verb (used without object), threw, thrown, throw·ing.
- the distance between the center of a crankshaft and the center of the crankpins, equal to one half of the piston stroke.
- the distance between the center of a crankshaft and the center of an eccentric.
- the movement of a reciprocating part in one direction.
- the distance to which a spotlight can be projected.
- the area illuminated by a spotlight.
- to dispose of; discard.
- to employ wastefully; squander.
- to fail to use; miss (a chance, opportunity, etc.): He threw away a college education and a professional career.
- (of a performer) to speak or tell (lines, a joke, etc.) casually or indifferently.
- to retard the development or advancement of: His illness threw him back a year at school.
- to force into dependence upon or necessary use of.
- to return to; hark back.
- to revert to a type found in one's ancestry; manifest atavism: Her red hair and blue eyes throw back to her great-grandmother.
- to fight or to challenge someone to a fight: You wanna throw down with me, punk?
- to give a share of the cost; contribute (money): Are you going to throw down for this pizza, or what?
- to produce or execute (something) successfully; put down: The skiers threw down a few good runs before the snow turned to slush.
- to cast down; cause to drop: Throw down your weapons and surrender!
- to add as a bonus or gratuity: They throw in breakfast with the room.
- to bring into (a discussion, plan, etc.) as an addition; interject: The president threw in an amusing anecdote to relieve the tension.
- Cards. to abandon (a hand).
- to free oneself of; cast aside: to throw off the wet poncho; to throw off the yoke of slavery.
- to escape from or delay, as a pursuer.
- to give off; discharge.
- to perform or produce with ease: The entertainer threw off a few songs and jokes to begin the show.
- to confuse; fluster: Thrown off by jeers, she forgot her lines.
- Australian Slang. to criticize or ridicule (usually followed by at).
- to cast away; remove; discard.
- to bring up for consideration; propose: The committee threw out a few suggestions.
- to put out of mind; reject: We can throw out that scheme.
- Baseball. to cause to be out by throwing the ball to a fielder, especially an infielder, in time to prevent a batter or runner from reaching base safely: The shortstop backhanded the ball and threw the batter out at first.
- to eject from a place, especially forcibly: He started making a disturbance so the bartenders threw him out.
- to expel, as from membership in a club.
- to make in a hurried and haphazard manner.
- to cause to associate: Many nationalities have been thrown together in the American melting pot.
- to give up; relinquish.
- to build hastily.
- to vomit.
- to point out, as an error; criticize.
- (of a hawk) to fly suddenly upward.
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Idioms for throw
Origin of throw
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OTHER WORDS FROM throwmis·throw, verb, mis·threw, mis·thrown, mis·throw·ing.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH throwthroe, throw
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Example sentences from the Web for throw
A lot of throw blankets and children’s bedding are made from Minky.Best weighted blanket: Sleep like a baby with our comfy bedding picks|PopSci Commerce Team|February 12, 2021|Popular Science
The best heated throw blankets will let you control the temperature setting.Best heated throw blanket: Bundle up with these electric blankets|PopSci Commerce Team|February 11, 2021|Popular Science
Mahomes ran 497 yards before making throws or taking sacks, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, the most in one game since it started keeping track.What went wrong for the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes in a brutal Super Bowl defeat|Adam Kilgore|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
Those throws come from a highly practiced palm and well-schooled eyes.Patrick Mahomes has unmatched physical gifts. His intellect might be what sets him apart.|Sally Jenkins|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Still, the ability to get in Mahomes’s face is associated with a big drop in accuracy even after accounting for the particulars of the throw.
In general, their presence is meant to throw you off your game by design.
Would a state with a keen understanding of the power of propaganda be so willing to just throw away such a trove of information?
Just wanted to place it in the context of slates needing picture choices that throw off revenue to make the numbers work.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel|William Boot|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Archrival India has money to throw around, and Iran and Russia are also exerting influence in the region.Pakistan’s Dance With Terrorists Just Backfired and Killed 132 Children|Chris Allbritton|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He went so far as to throw an “Activation Party” in their honor just weeks before his September arrest.
If you throw away this chance, you will both richly deserve to be hanged, as I sincerely trust you will be.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
That woman meant mischief, or she would never have dared to suggest that a British officer should throw in his lot with hers.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
If the Turks get hold of a lot of fresh men and throw them upon us during the night,—perhaps they may knock us off into the sea.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Nothing will be easier then to throw the Poles into the shade of the picture, or to occupy the foreground with a brilliant review.
All this will, doubtless, throw a number of deserving persons out of employ.
British Dictionary definitions for throw
verb throws, throwing, threw or thrown (mainly tr)
- to tip (dice) out onto a flat surface
- to obtain (a specified number) in this way
- to play (a card)
- to discard (a card)
- the eccentricity of a cam
- the radial distance between the central axis of a crankshaft and the axis of a crankpin forming part of the shaft
Derived forms of throwthrower, noun
Word Origin for throw
Idioms and Phrases with throw
In addition to the idioms beginning with throw
- throw a curve
- throw a fit
- throw a monkey wrench into
- throw a party
- throw a punch
- throw away
- throw back
- throw caution to the winds
- throw cold water on
- throw down the gauntlet
- throw dust in someone's eyes
- throw for a loop
- throw good money after bad
- throw in
- throw in one's hand
- throw in one's lot with
- throw in someone's face
- throw in the sponge
- throw light on
- throw off
- throw off balance
- throw off the track
- throw oneself at
- throw oneself into
- throw one's hat in the ring
- throw one's weight around
- throw open
- throw out
- throw out the baby with the bath water
- throw over
- throw someone
- throw the book at
- throw together
- throw to the wolves
- throw up
- throw up one's hands
- throw up to
- cast (throw) one's lot with
- cast (throw) the first stone
- have (throw) a fit
- (throw) in one's face
- knock (throw) for a loop
- pour (throw) cold water on
- shed (throw) light on
- stone's throw