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Definition of chuck verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chuck
    he / she / it chucks
    past simple chucked
    -ing form chucking
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  1. 1(informal) to throw something carelessly or without much thought chuck something (+ adv./prep.) He chucked the paper in a drawer. chuck somebody something Would you chuck me the newspaper? 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. 2chuck something (informal) to throw something away That's no good—just chuck it.
  3. 3(informal) to give up or stop doing something chuck something You haven't chucked your job yet?
  4. Idioms
    chuck somebody under the chin (old-fashioned)
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    to touch someone gently under the chin in a friendly way
    Phrasal Verbschuck somethingawaychuck somebody off (something)
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