Nearby words

  1. throughly,
  2. throughout,
  3. throughput,
  4. throughway,
  5. throve,
  6. throw a curve,
  7. throw a fit,
  8. throw a monkey wrench into,
  9. throw a party,
  10. throw a punch

Idioms

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.

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

Can be confusedthroe throw

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British Dictionary definitions for throw off

throw off

verb (mainly tr, adverb)

to free oneself of; discard
to produce or utter in a casual mannerto throw off a witty remark
to escape from or eludethe fox rapidly threw off his pursuers
to confuse or disconcertthe interruption threw the young pianist off
(intr, often foll by at) Australian and NZ informal to deride or ridicule

throw

/ (θrəʊ) /

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

noun


Derived Formsthrower, 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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Word Origin and History for throw off
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Idioms and Phrases with throw off

throw off

1

Cast out, rid oneself of, as in He threw off all unpleasant memories and went to the reunion. [Early 1600s]

2

Give off, emit, as in The garbage was throwing off an awful smell. [First half of 1700s] Also see throw out, def. 1.

3

Also, throw or put off the scent. Distract, divert, or mislead, as in A mistaken estimate threw off her calculations, or These clues were designed to throw the detective off the scent. The variant comes from hunting, where the quarry may try to put pursuing hounds off the scent. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1800s. Also see off the track.

4

Perform in a quick, spontaneous, or casual manner, as in He threw off one sketch after another. [Mid-1700s]

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

also see:

  • 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
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