1an act of throwing something:Holding’s throw hit the stumps
an act of throwing one’s opponent in wrestling, judo, or a similar sport:a shoulder throw
Cricket an illegitimate delivery considered to have been thrown rather than properly bowled.
short for throw of the dice below.this decision represents something of a final throwpeople who hazard their entire company on one major throw
2a light cover for furniture.
3 (a throw) informal used to indicate how much a single item, turn, or attempt costs:he was offering to draw on-the-spot portraits at £25 a throw
4 Geology the extent of vertical displacement in a fault.
5a machine or device by or on which an object is turned while being shaped.
6 [usually in singular] the action or motion of a slide valve or of a crank, eccentric wheel, or cam.
the distance moved by the pointer of an instrument.
1 [with object and usually with adverbial] propel (something) with force through the air by a movement of the arm and hand:I threw a brick through the window
[with object and adverbial or complement] push or force (someone or something) violently and suddenly into a particular physical position or state:the pilot and one passenger were thrown clear and survivedthe door was thrown open and a uniformed guard entered the room
put in place or erect quickly:the stewards had thrown a cordon across the fairway
move (a part of the body) quickly or suddenly in a particular direction:she threw her head back and laughed
project or cast (light or shadow) in a particular direction:a chandelier threw its bright light over the walls
deliver (a punch):Cheryl drew back her fist and threw another punch
direct a particular kind of look or facial expression:she threw a withering glance at him
project (one’s voice) so that it appears to come from someone or something else, as in ventriloquism:I can throw my voice—I could make a fortune as a medium
(throw something off/on) put on or take off (a garment) hastily:I tumbled out of bed, threw on my tracksuit, and joined the others
move (a switch or lever) so as to operate a device:at the trolley portal the operator had to manually throw the switch using a switch iron
roll (dice):he reached out and put the dice in the shaker and threw them
obtain (a specified number) by rolling dice.
informal lose (a race or contest) intentionally, especially in return for a bribe:the man who throws a race is a crook for life
Cricket bowl (the ball) with an unlawful bent arm action.
(of a horse) lose (a shoe).
2 [with object and adverbial] send suddenly into a particular state or condition:he threw all her emotions into turmoilthe bond market was thrown into confusion
put (someone) in a particular place or state in a rough, abrupt, or summary fashion:these guys should be thrown in jail
[with object] disconcert; confuse:she frowned, thrown by this apparent change of tack
3 [with object] send (one’s opponent) to the ground in wrestling, judo, or similar activity:in the final Arnaud was too strong, and threw Hughes twice
(of a horse) unseat (its rider):their horse threw its jockey before the race had started
4 [with object] form (ceramic ware) on a potter’s wheel:further on a potter was throwing pots
turn (wood or other material) on a lathe.
twist (silk or other fabrics) into thread or yarn.
5 [with object] have (a fit or tantrum):occasionally a small child will throw a tantrum when denied something
6 [with object] give or hold (a party):he threw a huge farewell party for them
7 [with object] (of an animal) give birth to (young, especially of a specified kind):sometimes a completely black calf is thrown
throw away the key
used to suggest that someone who has been put in prison should or will never be released:the judge should lock up these robbers and throw away the key
throw dust in someone's eyes
seek to mislead or deceive someone by misrepresentation or distraction.
throw good money after bad
incur further loss in a hopeless attempt to recoup a previous loss.
throw one's hand in
withdraw from a card game, especially poker, because one has a poor hand.
withdraw from a contest or activity; give up.
throw in the towel (or sponge)
(of boxers or their seconds) throw a towel (or sponge) into the ring as a token of defeat:Cafaro was told by his trainer that he was going to throw the towel in if he did not start throwing punches
abandon a struggle; admit defeat:there are times when the difficulties appear too great and we just throw in the towel
throw of the dice
a risky attempt to do or achieve something:a struggling actor giving it a last throw of the dice as he stages a self-financed production of Hamlet