throws; threw/ˈθruː/; thrown/ˈθroʊn/; throwing throws; threw/ˈθruː/; thrown/ˈθroʊn/; throwing
Learner's definition of THROW
1 : to cause (something) to move out of your hand and through the air by quickly moving your arm forward
She threw the ball to first base.
We threw our hats in the air at the end of the ceremony.
Throw me the car keys. = Throw the car keys to me.
a poorly thrown ball
Let's see how far you can throw.
You throw like a wimp.
He hurt his throwing arm/hand. [=the arm/hand that he uses to throw a baseball, football, etc.]
2 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to put (something) in a particular place in a careless or forceful way
— sometimes used figuratively
She threw her coat on the bed.
Don't throw your trash on the ground. Throw it in the trash can.
He threw (down) the newspaper on the table in disgust.
3 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to cause (someone or something) to move suddenly or forcefully to or away from a particular place
The wrestler threw his opponent to the mat.
The crash threw the driver from the car.
She was thrown from the horse.
The storm threw the boat against a reef.
4 [+ object], sports : to perform an action that involves throwing a ball
(American football) The quarterback threw a pass.
(American football) The quarterback threw a touchdown/interception. [=threw a pass that resulted in a touchdown/interception]
(baseball) The pitcher threw a curve to him. = The pitcher threw him a curve.
(baseball) He threw [=pitched] the first three innings of the game.
(baseball) In her last game, she threw [=pitched] a no-hitter/shutout.
5 a : to send (something) from your hand in a way that causes it to move forward and turn over many times along a surface
[no object] b [+ object] : to get (a number or score) by throwing dice or a bowling ball
6 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to cause or force (someone or something) to suddenly be in a particular state, condition, or position
— often used as (be) thrown
The discovery threw the previous theory into (a state of) doubt.
They arrested him and threw him in/into prison. [=put him in prison]
The government threw the territory open to settlers.
The crowd was thrown into confusion. [=the crowd suddenly became very confused]
He was thrown into prison.
She was thrown into a very difficult situation.
When the factory closed, the workers were thrown out of their jobs. [=the workers lost their jobs]
7 a always followed by an adverb or preposition : to forcefully move (yourself or a part of your body) in a particular direction
b : to swing your arm and try to hit someone with your fist
They threw their arms around each other.
She threw herself into his arms.
She threw back her head in laughter.
He threw his shoulders back and stuck out his chest.
He threw himself onto the couch.
She threw her leg over the arm of the chair.
8 a always followed by an adverb or preposition : to move (something) to an open or closed position in a forceful and sudden way b : to move (a switch) to an on or off position 9 [+ object] : to organize and hold (a party) 10 [+ object] : to lose (a game or contest) in a deliberate way 11 [+ object] : to express strong emotions in an uncontrolled way 12 [+ object] : to use (your effort, influence, money, etc.) in order to accomplish something — often + into
She threw all her efforts into the boy's defense. [=she worked as hard as she could for the boy's defense]
They've been throwing all their money into (repairing) the house.
She threw everything she had into winning the match. [=she tried as hard as she could to win the match]
13 [+ object] : to direct (something, such as a question or look) at someone — often + at 14 [+ object], informal : to cause (someone) to feel confused or surprised
— see also throw (someone) for a loop at 1loop, throw (someone) for a loss at loss
15 [+ object] : to cause (something, such as a shadow) to appear on a surface — sometimes used figuratively 16 [+ object] : to put (a vehicle) into a different gear especially in a quick and sudden way 17 [+ object] : to make (your voice) sound as if it is coming from another person or place 18 [+ object], US, informal : to do (something that requires special skill) successfully 19 [+ object], technical : to form or shape (something, such as clay or a pot) on a special wheel ◊ In addition to the phrases shown below, throw occurs in many idioms that are shown at appropriate entries throughout the dictionary. For example, throw down the gauntlet can be found at 2gauntlet and throw light on can be found at 1light.
throw away[phrasal verb]
throw away (something) or throw (something) away
1 : to put (something that is no longer useful or wanted) in a trash can, garbage can, rubbish bin, etc.
We threw away [=threw out] a lot of old junk that was in the basement.
Throw that candy wrapper away, please.
2 a : to use (something) in a foolish or wasteful way
b : to foolishly fail to use (something, such as a chance)
He threw away [=squandered] his life savings.
He threw all of his money away on gambling.
Don't throw your life away.
She threw away [=wasted] an opportunity.
You had a chance to do something great, and you threw it away.
throw in[phrasal verb]
throw in (something) or throw (something) in
1 : to add (something) to what you are selling without asking for more money 2 : to add (something) to the effort or activity of a group
throw off[phrasal verb]
throw off (something) or throw (something) off
1 a : to quickly remove (a piece of clothing) b : to get rid of (something you do not want, such as a quality or a condition)
c : to cause (something) to be incorrect d : to send (light, smoke, etc.) out from a source
She tried to throw off her reputation as being difficult to work with.
He threw off his inhibitions and went skinny-dipping.
throwing off all restraint
throw off (someone) or throw (someone) off
2 a : to cause (someone) to be confused or uncertain about where to go, what to do, etc. b : to get away from (someone who is trying to catch you)
throw on[phrasal verb]
throw on (something) or throw (something) on
1 : to quickly put on (a piece of clothing) 2 : to cause (something) to work by moving a switch
throw out[phrasal verb]
throw out (something) or throw (something) out
1 a : to put (something that is no longer useful or wanted) in a trash can, garbage can, rubbish bin, etc. b : to refuse to accept or consider (something) c : to mention (something) as a possible thing to be done, thought about, etc. : suggest
d : to send (light, smoke, etc.) out from a source e : to injure (a part of your body)
She threw out a couple of ideas for improving the company's Web site.
He threw out some hints, but nobody could guess the surprise.
throw (someone) out or throw out (someone)
2 a : to force (someone) to leave a place, game, etc.
b baseball : to cause (a player) to be out by throwing the ball to the base that the player is running to
The referee threw out two players for fighting.
His parents threatened to throw him out (of the house) if he didn't start behaving better.
She got thrown out of school for cheating.
throw together[phrasal verb]
1 throw together (something) or throw (something) together : to make (something) by joining or combining things in a quick and usually careless way 2 throw together (people) or throw (people) together : to bring (people) together usually in an unexpected way
throw up[phrasal verb]
1 throw upinformal or throw up (something) or throw (something) up : to have the food, liquid, etc., that is in your stomach come out through your mouth : vomit
throw up (something) or throw (something) up
2 a : to raise or lift (something) quickly or suddenly b : to build (something) quickly c chiefly British : to leave (your job, home, etc.) d British : to cause (something) to be known 3 throw up your hands or throw your hands up (in the air) : to stop an activity or effort and admit that you cannot do anything to make a situation better
He tried to convince her not to go, but in the end he had to throw up his hands in despair.
She threw her hands up in disgust.
throw yourself at (someone)informal
: to try too hard to attract the attention of (someone you are sexually attracted to)
throw yourself into
: to begin doing or working on (something) with great energy and determination
Learner's definition of THROW
1 a : an act of throwing something (such as a ball) b : an act of rolling dice 2 : the distance over which something is thrown or could be thrown 3 : a loose blanket or cloth that is put on a sofa, chair, etc.