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Synonyms of throw in English:


  • 1 she threw their ball back
    hurl, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, aim, direct, project, propel, send, bowl
    informal chuck, heave, sling, buzz, whang, bung
    North American informal peg
    Australian informal hoy
    New Zealand informal bish
    [Antonyms] catch, hold
  • 2 he threw the door open
    move quickly/suddenly, push suddenly/violently, thrust, fling, propel, shoot, slam, smack, bang, crash, thump, push, force
    informal plonk
  • 3 a chandelier threw its bright light over the walls
    project, cast, send, give off, emit, radiate
  • 4 Cheryl drew back her fist and threw another punch
    deliver, give, land
    [Antonyms] pull
  • 5 she threw him a glance
    direct, cast, send, dart, shoot, bestow on, give
  • 6 he was thrown twice in the final round
    fell, throw to the ground, hurl to the ground, unbalance, bring down, floor, prostrate
  • 7 the horse threw his rider
    unseat, dislodge, upset, bring down
  • 8 his question threw me
    disconcert, unnerve, fluster, ruffle, flurry, agitate, harass, upset, disturb, discomfit, put off, put someone off their stroke, throw off balance, make nervous, discompose, discountenance, cause someone to lose their composure;
    perturb, unsettle, bother, affect, worry, disquiet, trouble, confuse
    informal rattle, faze, put into a flap, throw into a tizz, discombobulate, shake up
  • 9 if only he could find the switch to throw
    operate, switch on, click on, engage, move
  • 10 the pots were thrown on a wheel
    shape, form, mould, fashion
  • 11 he threw a farewell party for them
    give, host, hold, have, provide, put on, lay on, arrange, organize
  • Phrases

    throw something away
  • 1 he decided to throw away his textbooks and get some practical experience
    discard, throw out, dispose of, get rid of, do away with, toss out, scrap, throw on the scrapheap, clear out, remove, dispense with, lose, eliminate, dump, unload, jettison, shed, dismiss, expel, eject, weed out, root out;
    recycle, break up, demolish, write off
    British informal get shot of, see the back of
    North American informal trash, shuck off, wreck
    [Antonyms] keep
  • 2 Cambridge threw away a 15–0 lead
    squander, waste, fritter away, dissipate, run through, fail to exploit, make poor use of, lose, let slip
    informal blow, pour/chuck something down the drain
    [Antonyms] exploit
  • throw someone off
    she thought she had thrown off her pursuer
    shake off, get away from, escape, elude, give someone the slip, leave behind, throw off the scent, dodge, lose, get rid of, rid oneself of;
    outdistance, outstrip
    British informal get shot of
    throw something off
    he shrugged, trying to throw off the pain
    get rid of, cast off, discard, shake off, drop, jettison, free/rid oneself of
    throw something on
    she threw on her clothes
    put on quickly, pull on, drag on, don quickly, slip into
    throw someone out
    Jim was thrown out when he climbed on to the stage the government was thrown out after only eight months
    expel, eject, evict, drive out, force out, oust, remove;
    remove from office/power, get rid of, depose, topple, unseat, overthrow, bring down, overturn, put out, drum out, thrust out, push out, turn out;
    banish, deport, exile
    informal boot out, kick out, give someone the boot, defenestrate
    British informal turf out
    throw something out
  • 1 I was continually having to throw out mouldy furniture See throw something away
  • 2 his case was thrown out because an industrial tribunal was not entitled to deal with it
    reject, dismiss, turn down, say ‘no’ to, refuse, disallow, veto, squash
    informal give the thumbs down to, give the red light to
  • 3 a thermal light bulb throws out a lot of heat
    radiate, emit, give off, send out, diffuse, disseminate, disperse
  • throw someone over
    he's going to throw you over for your sister
    abandon, leave, desert, discard, turn one's back on, cast aside, cast off;
    jilt, break up with, finish with, leave in the lurch, leave high and dry, leave stranded
    informal dump, ditch, chuck, drop, walk out on, run out on, rat on, leave flat
    British informal give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off
    archaic forsake
    throw something together
    I'm sorry about the tuna salad, I just sort of threw it together
    improvise, contrive, devise, throw together, cobble together, concoct, rig, jury-rig, put together
    British informal knock up
    informal whip up, fix up, rustle up
    throw up
    informal she threw up in the gutter
    cough up, bring up, regurgitate;
    heave, gag;
    British  be sick;
    North American  get sick
    informal puke, chunder, chuck up, hurl, spew, do the technicolor yawn, keck
    British informal honk, sick up, vom
    Scottish informal boke
    North American informal spit up, barf, upchuck, toss one's cookies, blow chunks
    throw something up
    throwing up his career would have meant the end of financial support
    give up, abandon, relinquish, resign (from), leave, eschew, abdicate
    informal quit, chuck, pack in, jack in


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  • 1 we were allowed two throws each
    lob, pitch, flip, shy, go;
    bowl, ball;
    hurl, toss, fling, cast
    informal chuck, heave, sling
  • 2 informal drinks are only £1 a throw
    each, apiece, per item, for one
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