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[ throhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF thrown


I am easily persuaded and led on while no reasons are thrown before me.

Do you expect me to pick up everything you've thrown in the mud and feel grateful?

They have already learned that something is to be thrown aside.

The tree gave a pleasant shade, and he had thrown his sombrero on a chair.

The gage had been thrown down to Andrew, and he dared not pick it up.

Still on my knees, I had thrown my face across the chair she had sat in.

This stone was thrown at the sainted Stephen, and the other two are from the Tower of Babel.

So vigorous was her movement that Cassidy's clasp was thrown off the wrist.

And perhaps he had never cared for Carlotta: she might have thrown herself at him.

Earth was then thrown into the crevices, and the whole fabric overlaid with sods.


"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.



adjectivevery upset, worked-up
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