Idioms for throw

Origin of throw

before 1000; Middle English throwen, thrawen (v.), Old English thrāwan to twist, turn; cognate with Dutch draaien, German drehen to turn, spin, twirl, whirl; akin to Latin terere, Greek teírein to rub away

SYNONYMS FOR throw

1 fling, launch, send. Throw, cast, pitch, toss imply projecting something through the air. Throw is the general word, often used with an adverb that indicates direction, destination, etc.: to throw a rope to someone, the paper away. Cast is a formal word for throw, archaic except as used in certain idiomatic expressions ( to cast a net, black looks; cast down; the compound broadcast, etc.): to cast off a boat. Pitch implies throwing with some force and definite aim: to pitch a baseball. To toss is to throw lightly, as with an underhand or sidewise motion, or to move irregularly up and down or back and forth: to toss a bone to a dog.

OTHER WORDS FROM throw

mis·throw, verb, mis·threw, mis·thrown, mis·throw·ing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH throw

throe throw
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British Dictionary definitions for throw in (1 of 2)

throw in

verb (tr, adverb)

to add (something extra) at no additional cost
to contribute or interpose (a remark, argument, etc), esp in a discussion
throw in one's hand
  1. (in cards) to concede defeat by putting one's cards down
  2. to give in and accept defeat; discontinue a venture
throw in the towel or throw in the sponge
  1. (in boxing) to concede defeat by the throwing of a towel (or sponge) into the ring by a second
  2. to give in and accept defeat; discontinue a venture

noun throw-in

soccer the method of putting the ball into play after it has gone into touch by throwing it two-handed from behind the head, both feet being kept on the ground

British Dictionary definitions for throw in (2 of 2)

throw
/ (θrəʊ) /

verb throws, throwing, threw or thrown (mainly tr)

noun

Derived forms of throw

thrower, noun

Word Origin for throw

Old English thrāwan to turn, torment; related to Old High German drāen to twist, Latin terere to rub
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Idioms and Phrases with throw in (1 of 2)

throw in

1

Insert or introduce into the course of something, interject, as in He always threw in a few jokes to lighten the atmosphere. [c. 1700]

2

Add something with no additional charge, as in The salesman said he'd throw in the carpet padding. [Second half of 1600s]

3

throw in with. Enter into association with, as in His friends warned him against throwing in with the notorious street gang. [Second half of 1800s] Also see cast one's lot and the subsequent idioms beginning with throw in.

Idioms and Phrases with throw in (2 of 2)

throw

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