a throw, Informal. each: He ordered four suits at $300 a throw.
    throw cold water on. cold(def 31).
    throw down the gauntlet/glove. gauntlet1(def 5).
    throw in the sponge. sponge(def 11).
    throw in the towel. towel(def 3).
    throw oneself at (someone)/(someone's head), to strive to attract the interest or attention of, especially in order to win the love or admiration of: Don't expect me to throw myself at you.
    throw oneself into, to engage in with energy or enthusiasm: She threw herself into learning the new routines.
    throw oneself on/upon (someone), to commit oneself to another's mercy, generosity, support, etc.; trust in: The members of his wife's family have all thrown themselves on him.
    throw out the baby with the bathwater. bathwater(def 2).
    throw the bull. bull3(def 2).
    throw (someone or something) to the wolves/dogs, to place or leave (a person or thing) in a bad situation with no assistance, especially in order to protect oneself: During the scandal, employees felt they had been thrown to the wolves by their employer.Also throw under the bus.

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
Related formsmis·throw, verb, mis·threw, mis·thrown, mis·throw·ing.
Can be confusedthroe throw

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for throw over

desert, discard, drop, eighty-six, forsake, jilt, quit, renounce

British Dictionary definitions for throw over

throw over


(tr, adverb) to forsake or abandon; jilt


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

(also intr) to project or cast (something) through the air, esp with a rapid motion of the arm and wrist
(foll by in, on, onto, etc) to put or move suddenly, carelessly, or violentlyshe threw her clothes onto the bed
to bring to or cause to be in a specified state or condition, esp suddenly or unexpectedlythe news threw the family into a panic
to direct or cast (a shadow, light, etc)
to project (the voice) so as to make it appear to come from other than its source
to give or hold (a party)
to cause to fall or be upset; dislodgethe horse soon threw his rider
  1. to tip (dice) out onto a flat surface
  2. to obtain (a specified number) in this way
to shape (clay) on a potter's wheel
to move (a switch or lever) to engage or disengage a mechanism
to be subjected to (a fit)
to turn (wood, etc) on a lathe
informal to baffle or astonish; confusethe last question on the test paper threw me
boxing to deliver (a punch)
wrestling to hurl (an opponent) to the ground
informal to lose (a contest, fight, etc) deliberately, esp in boxing
  1. to play (a card)
  2. to discard (a card)
(of a female animal, esp a cow) to give birth to (young)
to twist or spin (filaments) into thread
throw cold water on something informal to be unenthusiastic about or discourage something
throw oneself at to strive actively to attract the attention or affection of
throw oneself into to involve oneself enthusiastically in
throw oneself on to rely entirely uponhe threw himself on the mercy of the police


the act or an instance of throwing
the distance or extent over which anything may be throwna stone's throw
informal a chance, venture, or try
an act or result of throwing dice
  1. the eccentricity of a cam
  2. the radial distance between the central axis of a crankshaft and the axis of a crankpin forming part of the shaft
a decorative light blanket or cover, as thrown over a chair
a sheet of fabric used for draping over an easel or unfinished painting, etc, to keep the dust off
geology the vertical displacement of rock strata at a fault
physics the deflection of a measuring instrument as a result of a sudden fluctuation
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 over



"to project, propel," c.1300, from Old English þrawan "to twist, turn writhe" (past tense þreow, past participle þrawen), from Proto-Germanic *thræ- (cf. Old Saxon thraian, Middle Dutch dræyen, Dutch draaien, Old High German draen, German drehen "to turn, twist;" not found in Scandinavian or Gothic), from PIE *tere- "to rub, turn, rub by turning, bore" (cf. Sanskrit turah "wounded, hurt," Greek teirein "to rub, rub away," Latin terere "to rub, thresh, grind, wear away," Old Church Slavonic tiro "to rub," Lithuanian trinu "to rub," Old Irish tarathar "borer," Welsh taraw "to strike").

Not the usual Old English word for "to throw" (weorpan, related to warp (v.) was common in this sense). The sense evolution may be via the notion of whirling a missile before throwing it. The sense of "put by force" (e.g. throw in jail) is first recorded 1560; that of "to confuse, flabbergast" is from 1844; that of "lose deliberately" is from 1868.

To throw the book at (someone) is 1932, from notion of judge sentencing a criminal from a law book full of possible punishments. To throw (one's) hat in the ring "issue a challenge," especially to announce one's candidacy, first recorded 1917. To throw up "vomit" is first recorded 1732.



"act of throwing," 1520s, from throw (v.). Wrestling sense is first attested 1819.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with throw over

throw over

Reject, abandon, as in They'd lived together for a year when she suddenly threw him over and moved out. This idiom, possibly alluding to throwing something or someone overboard, was first recorded in 1835.


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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