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American English: /θroʊ/
British English: /θrəʊ/

Translation of throw in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense threw past participle thrown

  • 1 1.1
    she threw her beer in his face
    le tiró la cerveza a la cara
    she threw the ball back
    devolvió la pelota
    to throw something at something/somebody
    tirarle algo a algo/alguien
    they threw stones at the police
    le tiraron piedras a la policía
    to throw something to somebodyto throw somebody something
    tirarle or (Colombia, Mexico, Peru also) aventarle algo a alguien
    throw me the keys!
    ¡tírame or (Colombia, Mexico, Peru also) aviéntame las llaves!
    he threw her a rope
    le echó una cuerda
    Example sentences
    • He said the boys threw lumps of concrete and bricks at his client's window and doors.
    • In once lightening movement she threw a dagger from her boot towards the soldier.
    • He palmed another stone and threw it again, with more force.
    to throw a six
    sacar un seis
    Example sentences
    • It was an interruption of his concentration upon the interminable playing of dominoes, or cards, or throwing dice.
    • The sample plot in Figure 1 is the outcome of a pair of dice thrown a large number of times.
    • People are chattering and laughing; dice are being thrown; there is the constant clattering of mah-jong tiles.
  • 2 (send, propel) (+ adverb complement) the blast threw him across the room
    la explosión lo hizo salir despedido al otro lado de la habitación
    he threw himself forward
    se tiró or echó hacia adelante
    she threw herself out of the window
    se tiró or (Colombia, Mexico, Peru also) se aventó por la ventana
    the storm threw the yacht onto the rocks
    la tormenta lanzó el yate contra las rocas
    she threw herself at her opponent
    se le echó encima a su adversario
    se abalanzó sobre su adversario
    to throw somebody into jail
    meter a alguien preso or en la cárcel
    to throw somebody out of work
    echar a alguien del trabajo
    his resignation threw them into confusion
    su dimisión los dejó desorientados
    the slightest thing throws him into a panic
    por la menor cosa se pone nerviosísimo
    I was thrown into a difficult situation
    me metieron en un aprieto
    this threw the country into civil war
    esto sumió al país en una guerra civil
    to throw oneself into a task
    meterse de lleno en una tarea
    to throw oneself on or upon somebody
    echársele encima a alguien
    abalanzarse sobre alguien
    to throw oneself on or upon somebody's mercy
    ponerse a merced de alguien
    we were thrown entirely onto our own resources
    quedamos totalmente abandonados a nuestros recursos
    the experience had thrown her onto the defensive
    la experiencia la había hecho ponerse a la defensiva
    to throw somebody to the lions or wolves
    arrojar a alguien a las fieras
    Example sentences
    • This is about the fifth time in three years that the place has been thrown into utter confusion.
    • The airport, which had to be shut down for two hours, was thrown into confusion as news of the incident reached passengers.
    • The next morning, Alexis woke early and was instantly thrown into confusion at the presence of the blanket.
  • 3 3.1 (direct, aim) she threw him a warning look
    le lanzó una mirada de advertencia
    you can't solve the problem by throwing money at it
    el problema no lo vas a resolver gastando sin ton ni son
    a remark thrown into the conversation
    un comentario que se deja caer en la conversación
    I'll throw the question over to the other team
    le pasaré la pregunta al otro equipo
    3.2 (project)
    to throw one's voice
    proyectar la voz
    this throws suspicion on(to) the brother
    esto hace recaer las sospechas sobre el hermano
    Example sentences
    • The men cross the dunes; afternoon light throws long shadows onto the scrub.
    • The light threw shadows around the cluttered room as I rubbed my eyes, and sighed at the lines on the drawing board.
    • She watched the shadow that was thrown on the wall.
    Example sentences
    • He points it at them and uses it as a ventriloquist's dummy, throwing his voice into it and waggling it about to make it look as though they're talking.
  • 4 4.1 (put, cast) she threw a blanket over him
    le puso or le echó una manta encima
    to throw emphasis on(to) something
    poner énfasis en algo
    to throw blame on(to) something/somebody
    echarle la culpa a algo/alguien
    the responsibility was thrown onto me
    me hicieron responsable
    4.2 (set up, erect) to throw a cordon around something
    acordonar algo
    to throw a bridge across or over a river
    tender un puente sobre un río
  • 5 5.1 (unseat)
    Example sentences
    • Just before arriving in the village, her majesty's horse threw a shoe and she walked her animal the rest of the way to the stable to have it looked at.
    • Horses throw shoes, eat food and destroy tack at an alarming rate.
    Example sentences
    • He added it was dangerous to have an eagle with a mounted hunt, as it could lead to a horse throwing a rider.
    • The accident happened at 10.30 am last Saturday when a horse threw its rider, who wore a helmet.
    • This horse likes to throw his riders; I knew he had something in store for me.
    5.2 (in wrestling)
    Example sentences
    • He had a small body but he did marvelous judo, and could throw larger opponents without using any power.
    • The art also emphasizes throwing the opponent - much like in judo - as well as various arm locks.
    • He had a disastrous opening performance on Monday in the wrestling, being thrown by Romeo, who took an early lead in the competition.
  • 6 (disconcert) I was thrown by her question
    no supe qué contestar a su pregunta
    su pregunta me desconcertó
    Example sentences
    • But I wasn't, so I just carried on with the show, a little shaken and thrown.
    • That's why I was so thrown off when the door suddenly opened and I ended up falling hard against something very warm.
    • He is momentarily thrown by the comparison, but quickly warms to the topic.
  • 7
    he threw a fit/tantrum
    le dio un ataque/una pataleta
    Example sentences
    • The throng enjoyed a huge party thrown by the host committee at the city's aquarium following Media Day.
    • My brother's also throwing a huge party tonight and half the island's population will be there.
    • His best friend Andy was throwing a huge Christmas party, and since he was home on break he decided to go.
  • 8 (operate)
    darle a
    Example sentences
    • Danby reached for it, but Nikola stretched his hand out toward the device and threw a switch.
    • At the trolley portal the operator had to manually throw the switch using a switch iron.
    • When the parents arrive it's as if a switch has been thrown and behaviour patterns set back twenty or more years.
  • 9
    modelar en un torno
    Example sentences
    • The pots are turned on a wheel, much as ceramic pots are thrown.
    • Similarly, simple examination of a pottery vessel should reveal whether it was hand-coiled or thrown on a wheel.
    • I used to throw on the wheel, but have let it go in favor of handbuilding.
  • 10 (give birth to)
  • 11 (deliberately lose) [colloquial]
    perder (deliberadamente)
    Example sentences
    • I've been wondering for a while whether he was persuaded to take a bribe in return for throwing the match.
    • The case is based on tapes of a conversation in which police say he discussed payments for himself and others in return for throwing a match.
    • We are in no way imputing that he tried to bribe him to throw a match.

intransitive verb past tense threw past participle thrown


  • 1 1.1 (of ball)
    (of javelin, discus) lanzamiento (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • A steal from last June, the southpaw started the inning with a 93 mph fastball, the only velocity the pitch hit in four throws.
    • By the way, whenever umpires are hit by throws, the ball remains alive and hopefully so does the umpire.
    • They are happily engrossed in their game, though there is no audience to see and applaud a great throw or a neat catch or a lovely shot.
    1.2 (of dice) it's your throw
    te toca tirar
    I had a throw of 7
    saqué 7
    Example sentences
    • But it was made clear to him that his recommendation would be the final throw.
    • It is a work like no other and, with the first performance taking place in 1761, is pretty much the final throw of the Baroque.
    • Similarly, Calvary was the final throw in Satan's power-bid for world dominion.
    1.3 (in wrestling)
    Example sentences
    • After a couple of years, adults become strong and have enough endurance to be ready to practice the more vigorous judo throws and pins.
    • Though he was said to have a high judo rank, his throws didn't resemble judo techniques.
    • Many of the throws in Judo will simply not work if you don't time them correctly.
  • 3 [slang]a throw
    cada uno
    they cost or are $17 a throw
    cuestan 17 dólares cada uno

Phrasal verbs

throw around

also: (British also), throw about verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
they were in the garden throwing a ball around
estaban en el jardín jugando con or pasándose una pelota
we threw around a few ideas
intercambiamos algunas ideas
we were thrown around in the back of the van
nos íbamos sacudiendo en la parte de atrás de la camioneta
to throw one's money around
despilfarrar or derrochar el dinero

throw aside

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (to one side)
echar a un lado
2 (push back)
echar hacia atrás

throw away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (discard)
tirar (a la basura)
botar (a la basura) (Latin America excluding Río de la Plata)
2 (waste)
botar (Latin America excluding Río de la Plata)
to throw money away on something
malgastar ( or despilfarrar etc. ) dinero en algo
3 (utter casually)
lanzar al aire

throw back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
he threw the question back at them
les devolvió la pregunta
she threw my advice straight back at me
desdeñó or despreció mis consejos
she threw back at me everything I'd said
me echó en cara todo lo que había dicho
2 (pull back)
echar atrás
3 (repulse)
hacer retroceder
our troops threw back the assault
nuestras tropas repelieron el ataque

throw back on

verb + adverb + preposition + object (usually passive)
we were thrown back on our wits/our own resources
tuvimos que valernos de nuestro ingenio/nuestros recursos

throw down

verb + adverb + object
lanzar (hacia abajo)

throw in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (contribute)
that's even better, threw in Bob
—mejor aún —terció or agregó or añadió Bob
2 (include) take them all and I'll throw this radio in free!
si los lleva todos, le doy esta radio de regalo or de ñapa or (Southern Cone, Peru also) de yapa
3 (Sport)
to throw in the sponge or towel
tirar la esponja or la toalla

throw off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
quitarse (rápidamente)
2 (rid oneself of)
zafarse de
librarse de
deshacerse de
3 (confuse) 4 (perform) we threw off a few songs
les cantamos unas canciones
something I threw off in a quarter of an hour
algo que compuse ( or escribí or pinté etc. ) en un cuarto de hora

throw on

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
echarse encima
ponerse (rápidamente)

throw out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (discard)
botar (a la basura) (Latin America excluding Río de la Plata)
1.2 (reject)
1.3 (in baseball)
poner en out
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (expel, eject)
(out of college, country) expulsar
his father threw him out of the house
el padre lo echó de la casa
3verb + adverb + object 3.1 (thrust forward) to throw out one's chest 3.2 (emit)
3.3 (utter, put forward)
dejar caer
4verb + object + adverb (confuse)
(British) (person)
hacer equivocar

throw over

verb + object + adverb
[colloquial] [dated] (lover)
plantar [colloquial]

throw together

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (assemble) they threw together a plan
improvisaron un plan
he can throw a meal together in minutes
en unos minutos te prepara or te improvisa una comida
I just threw a few things together and we left
metí un par de cosas en una bolsa y nos fuimos
2 (bring into contact) we were thrown together on the journey
nos tocó ir juntos en el viaje
fate had thrown us together
había querido el destino que nuestros caminos se cruzaran

throw up

1verb + adverb + object 1.1 (raise)
1.2 (create, build)
levantar (rápidamente)
(cloud of dust)
1.3 (produce)
1.4 (bring to light)
revelar (la existencia de)
poner en evidencia
1.5 (abandon) [colloquial]
1.6 (vomit) [colloquial]
2verb + adverb (vomit) [colloquial]
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