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 forms

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

Can be confused

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

throw up


verb (adverb, mainly tr)

to give up; abandon, relinquish
to build or construct hastily
to reveal; produceevery generation throws up its own leaders
(also intr) informal to vomit

British Dictionary definitions for throw up (2 of 2)

throw

/ (θrəʊ) /

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

noun

Derived Forms

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 up (1 of 2)

throw up


1

Vomit, as in The new drug makes many patients throw up. [First half of 1700s]

2

Abandon, relinquish, as in After the results of the poll came in, she threw up her campaign for the Senate.

3

Construct hurriedly, as in The builder threw up three houses in a matter of a few months. [Late 1500s]

4

throw it up to. Criticize, upbraid, as in Dad was always throwing it up to the boys that they were careless and messy. [Early 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with throw up (2 of 2)

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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