throw out


verb (tr, adverb)

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Idioms and Phrases with throw out

throw out

1

Give off, emit, as in That flashlight throws out a powerful beam. [Mid-1700s] Also see throw off, def. 2.

2

Reject, as in We threw out her proposal. [Early 1600s]

3

Get rid of, discard; see throw away, def. 1.

4

Offer a suggestion or plan, as in The nominating committee threw out names for our consideration. [Early 1600s] Also see throw away, def. 3.

5

Forcibly eject, force the departure of, as in The bartender threw out the drunk, or He was thrown out of the country club for failing to pay his dues. [Early 1500s]

6

Put out of alignment, as in Lifting that sofa threw out my back.

7

In baseball or cricket, put a player out by throwing the ball. In baseball, the throw is to a base before the batter reaches it; in cricket, the throw must hit the batsman's wicket. [Second half of 1800s]

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