throw up

verb
threw up; thrown up; throwing up; throws up

Definition of throw up

transitive verb

1 : vomit
2 : to raise quickly
3 : to build hurriedly new houses thrown up almost overnight
4 : give up, quit the urge … to throw up all intellectual work— Norman Mailer
5 : to bring forth : produce
6 : to make distinct especially by contrast : cause to stand out
7 : to mention repeatedly by way of reproach
throw up one's hands
: to admit defeat in the end throws up his hands in despair— Frank Conroy

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Synonyms for throw up

Synonyms

barf, gag, heave, hurl, puke, retch, spew, spit up, upchuck, vomit

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Examples of throw up in a Sentence

she must have eaten something that didn't agree with her because she threw up right after dinner when the townspeople realized that the President's motorcade would be coming through on its way to the conference, they threw up a hasty “Welcome” sign

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Any number of players could throw up a somewhat-hollow 15 points and four assists a game if given the opportunity to start and play considerable minutes. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020: Biggest Snubs," 9 Sep. 2019 But after that the right-hander, recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day, threw up zeros in the second through fourth innings while working around traffic with help from his defense. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Pirates sweep Rockies as Jeff Hoffman’s strong start is wasted, Colorado falls to season-worst 20 games below .500," 1 Sep. 2019 Elder, estate and probate attorneys who work on guardianship cases -- many of whom earn fees paid with the assets of the person who the court has decided is incapacitated -- threw up a thicket of objections. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida guardianship laws weakened by elder law attorneys’ lobbying. For some courts, exceptions have become the rule | Special report," 30 Aug. 2019 The study also threw up some benefits for firms that ran parallel to having a potentially happier and more representative workforce. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "The three-stage blueprint for “crafting” a flexible career," 13 Aug. 2019 Bureaucracy, miscommunication and rivalries between law enforcement agencies, NGOs and governments can throw up roadblocks. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sam Wasser pours his intense passion for protecting wildlife into research and catching poachers," 21 May 2019 Privately, many officials grumble that as the city hooks up more customers to its own power supplies, PG&E is throwing up roadblocks out of sheer competition. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Feinstein keeping mayor’s race at bay, but will meet with Breed," 3 Apr. 2018 There were new security barriers that were thrown up, there were military Humvees with .50-caliber machine guns on top, with soldiers manning them. Garrett M. Graff, Time, "What Happened on Capitol Hill on 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 Well, the Reds are not the only team to complain perhaps about the pitching philosophy of the Pirates - throwing up and in, often. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "LeCure, Welsh: Keone Kela's pitch at Derek Dietrich's head to blame in Reds-Pirates brawl," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of throw up

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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The first known use of throw up was in the 15th century

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Medical Definition of throw up

: vomit

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