- 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.
- 1.1 Cricket (Of a bowler) deliver (a ball) with an unlawful action.More example sentences
- He made the point that intelligent bowlers did not chuck every ball.
- The conclusion that all bowlers chuck at varying degrees has stupefied a section of opinion, notably the Australians.
- According to the International Cricket Council, ninety-nine per cent of all test bowlers chuck!
- 1.2 (often chuck something away/out) Throw (something) away: they make a living out of stuff people chuck awayMore 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.
- 2End a relationship with (a partner): Mary chucked him for another guyMore example sentences
leave, throw over, drop, finish with, stop going out with, break off one's relationship with, desert, abandon, leave high and dryBritish • informal give someone the push, give someone the big E, bin off• dated jilt• archaic forsake
- 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.
- 2.1Give up (a job or activity): Richard chucked in his 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.
- 2.2 (chuck it) • dated Stop doing something: chuck it, Ross!More example sentences
- I can understand why Sir Alex Ferguson is not chucking it.
- He didn't have a problem that way, because at least I wasn't seen to be chucking it.
- To adapt G. K. Chesterton's advice to another public worthy: chuck it, Hockney.
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- 1A throw.More example sentences
- Needless to say, the effort of the big chuck caused me to throw coils of line all over the place, so I stopped to sort myself out.
chuck it down
- British Rain heavily.More example sentences
- For one thing, it's chucking it down with rain at the moment, so the warm evening sunshine is highly unlikely.
- You'd go out in your shirt sleeves and it would chuck it down with rain, or you'd take your umbrella to work only to lose it on a park bench in the ensuing heatwave.
- Abysmal weather today, it rained all day and absolutely chucked it down as I left work making driving home not much fun.
chuck someone out
- Force someone to leave a building: their landlord chucked them out last nightMore 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.
- Vomit: I nearly chucked upMore example sentences
- Not because I'm a fan of marital harmony or anything, but because they both have completely noxious romantic subplots now, subplots that make me want to chuck up my dinner.
- After a few weeks of chucking up and feeling generally awful, my mother asked me the $64,000 question, ‘Wendy, are you having a baby?’
- No-one appeared to know I was chucking up thanks to Uncle Alcohol.
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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 under the chin: he chucked the baby under its chinMore 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: she gave him a good-natured chuck under the chinMore 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: a power-drill chuck a three-jaw chuckMore 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.
- 2 [mass noun] (also chuck steak) A cut of beef that extends from the neck to the ribs, typically used for stewing: the trays of fat-speckled chuck and sweetbreads had been put in the refrigeratorMore 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.
nounNorthern English • informal
- Used as a friendly form of address: ‘Can I help you at all, chuck?’More example sentences
- I was wearing my tattered skirt with a black belt, my chucks, and a really weird purple Sex pistols shirt that I found in the garbage somewhere.
late 16th century: alteration of chick1.