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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from Old French chuquer 'to knock'

chuck

1 verb
     
chuck1 S2 [transitive] informal especially British English
1 to throw something in a careless or relaxed way
chuck something on/out of/into etc something
Tania chucked her bag down on the sofa.
I chucked a few things into a suitcase and left.
chuck somebody something
Chuck me that pen, would you?
2 to throw something away because you do not want it any more:
I think I might have chucked it by mistake.
3 also chuck something ↔ in to leave your job:
You haven't chucked your job, have you?
4 British English to end a romantic relationship with someone:
Why did Judy chuck him?
5

chuck it down

to rain very heavily:
It chucked it down all afternoon.
6

chuck somebody under the chin

to gently touch someone under their chin in a friendly way

chuck something ↔ away

phrasal verb
to throw something away because you do not want it any more:
I chucked all my old clothes away when we moved house.

chuck somebody off something

phrasal verb
1 to make someone leave a place or stop using something:
He'll chuck you off his land if he finds you.
2

chuck yourself off something

to jump from somewhere that is very high:
She tried to chuck herself off the bridge twice last week.

chuck somebody/something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1 to throw something away because you do not want it any more:
It was broken so I chucked it out.
2 to make someone leave a place or a job:
Their landlord chucked them out when they couldn't pay the rent.
chuck somebody/something ↔ out of
They got chucked out of the pub for fighting.

chuck something ↔ in

phrasal verb
to leave your job:
He had a job but he chucked it in.
I decided to chuck it all in and go to Australia.

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