Definition of throw noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//θrəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θroʊ//
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  1. 1the act of throwing something, especially a ball or dice a well-aimed throw It's your throw (= it's your turn to throw the dice). He threw me to the ground with a judo throw. a throw of the dice
  2. 2the distance which something is thrown a javelin throw of 57 metres
  3. 3a loose cloth cover that can be thrown over a sofa, etc.
  4. Word OriginOld English thrāwan ‘to twist, turn’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch draaien and German drehen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin terere ‘to rub’, Greek teirein ‘wear out’. The current senses which express propulsion and sudden action, date from Middle English.Idioms
    $100, £50, etc. a throw
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    (informal) used to say how much items cost each The tickets for the dinner were £50 a throw.
    a very short distance away We live just a stone's throw from here. The hotel is within a stone's throw of the beach.
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