- 1Throw (something) carelessly or casually: someone chucked a brick through the window • figurative chucking money at the problem won’t solve itMore example sentences
- There's amusement in his eyes as he strides into the room casually chucking his jacket over the back of the sofa.
- People in the town feed these pigeons and until they stop chucking food about we will not get rid of them.
- But I also agree with him that the second may be a bit more positive than just the government chucking money at traffic jams.
- 1.1Throw (something) away: they make a living out of stuff people chuck outMore example sentences
- The pleasure of having a disk that is brimming to capacity, chucking it out and throwing in a new one that's 5 times the size is immeasurable.
- A former Dutch prosecutor, who resigned last year after it emerged he had chucked his old PC out with the trash is in trouble again.
- Besides, I felt relieved as I didn't have to chuck the stuff away.
- 1.2Give up (a job or activity) suddenly: Richard chucked his cultural studies courseMore example sentences
- That's when the Minish athlete chucked in her pensionable job for the hard world of professional athletics, but she has been an admirable student since then.
- Oh, and did I mention that 12 months prior I had chucked in a cushy job in a University Science department to pursue this dream?
- Freshly enrolled in Ballyfermot senior college in Dublin, the former waiter knew he was right to have chucked in his old job and turned his hand to journalism.
- 1.3Break off a relationship with (a partner): Mary chucked him for another guyMore example sentences
- McFadden has been through a lot: painfully and publicly dumped by her husband, then chucked again by the publicity-seeking Dan Corsi.
- For the most part, it's about getting back at people who chucked you.
- He becomes homesick, his girlfriend chucks him for a Tannadice midfielder, he takes to drink and gives up the game.
chuck it all in
- Abandon a course of action or way of life, especially for another that is radically different.More example sentences
- Having toyed with chucking it all in after hearing a friend had committed suicide, with his music as the soundtrack, Lanegan was swayed by the argument that perhaps his songs lifted rather than deepened the depression of his listeners.
- But after all that study and wading through red tape, they'd chucked it all in for a life of baked beans, roll-ups and art.
- With no gigs, no show and no prospects, Sadowitz chucked it all in and worked behind the counter in a friend's magic shop for five years.
chuck someone out
- Force someone to leave a building: the tenants have been chucked out of the cottagesMore example sentences
- We couldn't believe how unprofessional he was - not to give some kind of formal warning first or have a meeting with us, but just to chuck us out immediately, two young girls on their own.
- Later, despite his feeble protestations, she petulantly chucks him out.
- She giggled about it and called over this big guy who chucked me out by the ear.
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- Cricket history is replete with examples of chuckers - the most memorable for Indian fans being West Indian paceman Charlie Griffith whose bowling nearly killed Nari Contractor at Barbados in 1962.
- Right now they all appear to be tarred with the same brush - albeit inadvertently innocent to say the least, given known chuckers in cricket were forced from the game down the years.
- I don't want to name names, but you don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out who the chuckers are.
late 17th century (as a verb): from chuck2.
- Touch (someone) playfully or gently under the chin.More example sentences
- ‘You won't go short!’ she says to her son in baby talk, chucking him under the chin.
- Nicholas laughed and lightly chucked Susan under the chin.
- She smiled wickedly and chucked him under the chin.
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- A playful touch under the chin.More example sentences
- But let's be clear there - a chuck under the chin is quite sufficient to convince me that affection can last the distance.
- He gave the toddler a chuck under the chin which earned him a toothy grin.
- Kelly reached forward and gave her a token chuck under the chin.
early 17th century (as a noun): probably from Old French chuquer, later choquer 'to knock, bump', of unknown ultimate origin.
- 1A device for holding a workpiece in a lathe or a tool in a drill, typically having three or four jaws that move radially in and out.More example sentences
- One of the challenges of crank grinding relates to clamping the workpiece in the chuck so that the crank pin can be cylindrically ground.
- To make the feet, the turner placed an offset chuck on the lathe and turned this part of the leg along a second axis.
- Other keyless devices consist of rotating knobs (similar to a chuck on a drill) on the slide mechanism.
- 2A cut of beef that extends from the neck to the ribs, typically used for stewing.More example sentences
- Shred about 10 ounces cooked beef brisket or chuck.
- Cut the pork, venison, chuck steak and kielbasa sausage into 2.5cm / 1in cubes, then toss together in the flour.
- Similarly, the steak and kidney pie is now made with best blade steak rather than chuck beef.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
nounNorthern English • informal
late 16th century: alteration of chick1.