throw down


threw down; thrown down; throwing down; throws down

transitive verb

: to cause to fall : overthrow
: to cast off : discard
: to make (a slam dunk) with exceptional force

Examples of throw down in a Sentence

throw down the gun, and put your hands up
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of throw down was in the 13th century

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“Throw down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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