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Definition of throw-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of throwing a ball in: such as
a : a throw made from the touchline in soccer to put the ball back in play after it has gone into touch
b : a throw from an outfielder to the infield in baseball
c : an inbounds pass in basketball
2 : something added as a bonus or supplement

throw in

threw in; thrown in; throwing in; throws in

Definition of throw in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to add as a gratuity or supplement
2 : to introduce or interject in the course of something : contribute they throw in some … sound effects on several songs— Tom Phillips
4 : engage throw in the clutch

intransitive verb

: to enter into association or partnership : join agrees to throw in with a crooked ex-copNewsweek
throw in the towel or less commonly throw in the sponge
: to abandon a struggle or contest : acknowledge defeat : give up

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Examples of throw-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For extra beauty and bitterness, throw in some radicchio. Dawn Davis, Bon Appétit, "You’ve Got Time for This," 8 Apr. 2021 For good measure, throw in UMBC, the only No. 16 seed to win a game. Sam King, The Indianapolis Star, "'I was always the underdog': 15 seed Oral Roberts stuns No. 2 Ohio State," 19 Mar. 2021 In addition to swishing with water, says Nejad, throw in a xylitol mint, which helps protect against cavities, stimulates salivary flow and, of course, freshens breath. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "Our Teeth Are Getting the Skin-Care Treatment," 18 Mar. 2021 Even throw in Sun Country Air’s new weekly service between Fairbanks and Minneapolis (on Saturdays), plus its daily flights from Anchorage to Minneapolis. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Travelers want to visit Alaska this summer — and airlines are responding with a full slate of flights," 13 Mar. 2021 Afterwards, lather on a moisturizer and maybe even throw in a quick foot massage to give your feet the works. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "How to Do a Pedicure at Home in Four Steps," 9 Apr. 2021 Pour in the cold water and throw in the bay leaves. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: The Best Recipe for Grilled Chicken, Brined," 22 Mar. 2021 Some who attend will have the opportunity to run the bases, play catch on the field, throw in a speed pitch event, hit in batting cages and have their kids participate in a home run derby. Chris Perkins,, "Ahead of opening day, Marlins appear to ditch fish tanks and add disinfecting drone," 18 Mar. 2021 The suburbs saw lots of activity as remote workers sought more space, but owners of short-term rentals didn't throw in the towel and sell. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer,, "A look inside New Orleans real estate market: Soaring transactions, jumping prices, more," 31 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of throw-in


1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Throw-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of throw-in

: a throw made in soccer or rugby to put the ball back in play after it has gone out of the playing area
: a throw from a player in the outfield to a player in the infield in baseball

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