throwthrow1 /θrəʊ $ θroʊ/ ●●●S1W1 verb (past tense threw /θruː/, past participle thrown /θrəʊn $ θroʊn/)1throw a ball/stone etc [intransitive, transitive]THROW to make an object such as a ball move quickly through the air by pushing your hand forward quickly and letting the object gothrow something to somebodyHe threw his shirt to someone in the crowd.throw something at somebody/somethingSomeone threw a stone at the car.a crowd of boys throwing snowballs at each otherthrow somebody somethingThrow me that towel, would you. ► You throw something to someone when you want them to catch it. You throw something at someone when you want to hit them.2put something carelessly [transitive always + adverb/preposition]CARELESS to put something somewhere quickly and carelesslyHe threw a handful of money onto the table.Don’t just throw your clothes on the floor – pick them up!3push roughly/violently [transitive always + adverb/preposition]PUSH to push someone or something roughly and violentlyThe bus stopped suddenly and we were all thrown forwards.The guards threw Biko to the ground and started kicking him.The bomb exploded, throwing bricks and debris into the air.She drew the curtains and threw open the windows.4make somebody fall [transitive]a)DSOto make your opponent fall to the ground in a sport in which you fightb)FALLif a horsethrows its rider, it makes them fall onto the ground5move hands/head etc [transitive always + adverb/preposition]MOVE/CHANGE POSITION to suddenly and quickly move your hands, arms, head etc into a new positionI threw my arms around her and kissed her.He threw his head back and laughed.
throwthrow2 ●●○ noun [countable]1THROWan action in which someone throws somethingThat was a great throw!a throw of over 80 metres2DSan action in which someone rolls a dice in a gameIt’s your throw.3a large piece of cloth that you put loosely over a chair to cover it and make it look attractivea brightly-coloured cotton throw
Examples from the Corpus
throw• Lundgren won the discuscompetition with a throw of 130 yards.• The dramacontinued throughout the evening as the contest got under way, with fortunes changing with every throw of the darts.• They missed 10 of 26 freethrows and turned the ball over 16 times.• A madscramble followed a Dollar free throw, and Hamilton eventually grabbed the ball on the right wing.• On the ensuinginboundspass, Bobby Edwards fouledBailey, who made one of two free throws.• That was a very long throw -- at least 80 yards.• Martinez made a nicethrow to thirdbase for the last out.• A savingthrow of 6 is permitted to take account of the Squig.From Longman Business Dictionarythrowthrow /θrəʊθroʊ/ verb (past tense threw /θruː/, past participle thrown /θrəʊnθroʊn/) [transitive]1throw money at to try to solve a problem by spending a lot of money, without really thinking about the problemThere is no point throwing money at the pollution problem.2throw money away (also throw good money after bad British English), throw money down the drain British English, throw money down a rat hole American English to waste money by spending it on something that has already failedAs the project devoured more than £4 million, we began to wonder if we were throwing money down the drain. →throw something → out→ See Verb table