Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It is a pleasure to throw together all the ideas with which it inspires us.

"Throw high and throw together," was what she said, so here goes.

The whole place looked as if it had cost about seven dollars and twenty-nine cents to throw together.

To proceed to the object of this paper, which is simply to throw together a few casual hints, connected with the period.

I shall now throw together in this place the result of my "Impressions" as received during my separate visits.

I had but little rest last night, and rose this morning by day-light, to throw together in writing the above particulars.

Throw together outside of the chapel the branches that our horses have bared of their leaves.

Like two voyagers returned from a long cruise in far-off seas, we throw together our joint gleanings in many lands.

In order to throw together all that I have to say about the Viceroy I must anticipate the order of time.


"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.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.