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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
    informalchuck, heave, sling, buzz, whang, bung
    North American informalpeg
    Australian informalhoy
    New Zealand informalbish
    [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
  • 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
    informalrattle, 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 informalget shot of, see the back of
    North American informaltrash, 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
    informalblow, 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 informalget 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
    informalboot out, kick out, give someone the boot, defenestrate
    British informalturf 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
    informalgive 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
    informaldump, ditch, chuck, drop, walk out on, run out on, rat on, leave flat
    British informalgive someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off

    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 informalknock up
    informalwhip 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
    informalpuke, chunder, chuck up, hurl, spew, do the technicolor yawn, keck
    British informalhonk, sick up, vom
    Scottish informalboke

    throw something up

    throwing up his career would have meant the end of financial support
    give up, abandon, relinquish, resign (from), leave, eschew, abdicate


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