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Definition of hurl verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hurl
    he / she / it hurls
    past simple hurled
    -ing form hurling
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  1. 1[transitive] hurl something/somebody + adv./prep. to throw something or someone violently in a particular direction He hurled a brick through the window. Thesaurusthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob pitchThese words all mean to send something from your hand through the air.throw to send something from your hand or hands through the air:Some kids were throwing rocks at the window. She threw the ball and he caught it.toss to throw something lightly or carelessly:She tossed her jacket onto the bed.hurl to throw something violently in a particular direction:Rioters hurled a brick through the car's windshield.fling to throw something somewhere with a lot of force, especially because you are angry or in a hurry:She flung the letter down onto the table.chuck (informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:She lobbed the ball over the net.pitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/pitch something at/to somebody/something to throw/toss/fling/chuck something aside/away to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/pitch a ball to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck rocks/a brick to throw/toss/hurl/fling something angrily to throw/toss something casually/carelessly
  2. 2[transitive] hurl abuse, accusations, insults, etc. (at somebody) to shout insults, etc. at someone Rival fans hurled abuse at each other.
  3. 3[intransitive] (slang) to vomit
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