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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THROW

Then he called for his servants and ordered them to throw the coffin into the Nile.

In a moment, by one word, I can throw you back into the slough from whence I dragged you.

Take my bridle off the wall, you, Jeff, and throw it at my feet.

She shivered a little; then tossed her head as if to throw off the disturbing thoughts.

He said, 'Throw your handkerchief to whichever of us you love.'

He will throw himself into Clarissa's presence in the woodhouse.

Once he was about to throw open the door and try the effect of a surprise attack.

And this idea of restraint was preying upon him, and he could not throw it off.

I can throw him in the gutter as easy as I could them young ones, and he knows it.

Throw it over your shoulders, that you may have at least one dry garment.

WORD ORIGIN

"to project, propel," c.1300, from Old English þrawan "to twist, turn writhe" (past tense þreow, past participle þrawen), from Proto-Germanic *thræ- (cf. Old Saxon thraian, Middle Dutch dræyen, Dutch draaien, Old High German draen, German drehen "to turn, twist;" not found in Scandinavian or Gothic), from PIE *tere- "to rub, turn, rub by turning, bore" (cf. Sanskrit turah "wounded, hurt," Greek teirein "to rub, rub away," Latin terere "to rub, thresh, grind, wear away," Old Church Slavonic tiro "to rub," Lithuanian trinu "to rub," Old Irish tarathar "borer," Welsh taraw "to strike").

Not the usual Old English word for "to throw" (weorpan, related to warp (v.) was common in this sense). The sense evolution may be via the notion of whirling a missile before throwing it. The sense of "put by force" (e.g. throw in jail) is first recorded 1560; that of "to confuse, flabbergast" is from 1844; that of "lose deliberately" is from 1868.

To throw the book at (someone) is 1932, from notion of judge sentencing a criminal from a law book full of possible punishments. To throw (one's) hat in the ring "issue a challenge," especially to announce one's candidacy, first recorded 1917. To throw up "vomit" is first recorded 1732.

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