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throw

verb  /θroʊ/ (past tense threw  /θru/, past participle thrown  /θroʊn/) us  

throw verb (SEND THROUGH AIR)

[I/T] to send something through the air, esp. by a sudden movement of the arm: [T] Throw me the ball./Throw the ball to me. [I] I didn’t throw as well as I expected to. [T] He was thrown from his motorcycle.

throw verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[T] to move something quickly or with a lack of attention, or to cause someone or something to move quickly: He threw the switch and the lights came on. Suddenly, she grabbed the snake and threw it to the ground. [M] They threw up their hands to protect themselves from the hail. [M] He threw his head back and laughed. [M] Throw a few peppers in the pot.

throw verb (CONFUSE)

[T] infml to confuse someone: That question really threw me at first.

throw

noun [C]  /θroʊ/ us  

throw noun [C] (THROWING SOMETHING)

the act of throwing something, esp. a ball: She timed her throw so the ball reached the base when he did.
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