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Definition of lob verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    lob

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//lɒb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɑːb//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lob
    BrE BrE//lɒb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɑːb//
     
    he / she / it lobs
    BrE BrE//lɒbz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɑːbz//
     
    past simple lobbed
    BrE BrE//lɒbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɑːbd//
     
    past participle lobbed
    BrE BrE//lɒbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɑːbd//
     
    -ing form lobbing
    BrE BrE//ˈlɒbɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːbɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1lob something + adv./prep. (informal) to throw something so that it goes quite high through the air Stones were lobbed over the wall. They were lobbing stones over the wall. Synonymsthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob bowl 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 stones 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 windscreen.fling to throw somebody/​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 (especially British English, informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:They were lobbing stones over the wall.bowl (in cricket) to throw the ball to the batsmanpitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch something at/​to somebody/​something to throw/​toss/​fling/​chuck something aside/​away to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch a ball to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck stones/​rocks/​a brick to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling something angrily to throw/​toss something casually/​carelessly
  2. 2lob something (+ adv./prep.) (sport) to hit or kick a ball in a high curve through the air, especially so that it lands behind the person you are playing against He lobbed the ball over the defender's head.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the senses ‘cause or allow to hang heavily’ and ‘behave like a lout’): from the archaic noun lob ‘lout’, ‘pendulous object’, probably from Low German or Dutch (compare with modern Dutch lubbe ‘hanging lip’). The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.

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