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throw

verb [T]     /θrəʊ/ (threw, thrown)
throw the book at sb informal to punish someone as severely as possible for breaking the law : The US tax authorities threw the book at the European accountancy group over its tax-saving schemes .
throw good money after bad disapproving to waste money by continuing to invest in something that has already cost a lot and is unlikely to be a success : The government may be throwing good money after bad by using taxpayers ' money to bail out the failing banks .
throw your hat into the ring to announce that you want to compete for something, be considered for a job , etc.: He is the sixth candidate to throw his hat into the ring for the top job in the organization .
throw your money around informal disapproving to spend a lot of money , especially in a way that shows people you are not worried about money : Despite the biggest recession in over a decade , city professionals still seem to have plenty of money to throw around.
throw money at sth disapproving to try to solve a problem or make something successful by spending a lot of money , rather than, for example , having new ideas : The government will have to throw money at any problems to ensure the site is built on time .
throw money down the drain UK ( US throw money down a rat hole) to waste money by spending it on something that will never be a success or make any profit : Investors threw money down the drain by making regular contributions to the failed pension plan .
throw your weight around disapproving to act in a way that emphasizes how much power or authority you have: The board didn't like the way majority shareholders were throwing their weight around.
throw your weight behind sth to use your power to support a project , an idea , etc.: Senior politicians threw their weight behind the charity's campaign .
→ See also curveball, throw sth away, throw sth in, throw sth out, throw sth up
(Definition of throw verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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