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throw

verb [T]
 
 
/θrəʊ/ ( past tense threw, past participle thrown)
THROUGH THE AIR A2 to make something move through the air by pushing it out of your hand: Amy threw the ball to the dog. He threw the book at the wall. [+ two objects] Throw me a chocolate. How far can you throw?Throwing
throw sth in/on, etc to put something somewhere quickly and without thinking about it: He threw his clothes on the floor and got into bed.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active
throw sth around/down/on, etc to suddenly and quickly move your body or a part of your body: She threw her arms around the child. Gabriela threw herself onto the bed and started to cry.Moving quickly
throw sb from/forward, etc to make someone move somewhere suddenly or fall down: [often passive] The bus suddenly stopped and we were thrown forward.Making short, sudden movementsFalling and droppingMoving downwards
CONFUSE to make someone feel shocked or confused: It threw me completely when he asked me to marry him.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
LIGHT to make light or shadows (= dark shapes) appear on something: The trees threw shadows across the road. →  See also throw caution to the wind , throw sb in at the deep end , throw down the gauntlet , throw in the towel , throw your weight around Emitting and casting light
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