\ ˈthrō-ˌin How to pronounce throw-in (audio) \

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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The items thrown in the trash were likely surplus materials that no longer met state standards, Price said. Alia Malik,, "Science lab equipment mistakenly trashed at West Side middle school," 3 June 2019 The star of the collection is arguably the Eyeshadow Palette (above), which includes 15 colors — mostly shimmers with a few mattes thrown in — for just $20. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ulta and Marvel Are Launching an Avengers Makeup Collection, and the Prices Are Heroic," 31 Mar. 2019 The destination was ideal for the designer who made the trip with Nordstrom for a party thrown in his honor hosted by Karen Fairchild of the Grammy-winning band Little Big Town. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Christian Louboutin’s First Trip to Nashville Included Dinner With Dolly and a Blowout Party," 25 Mar. 2019 The defeat on Thursday of both the president’s proposal and the Democratic plan to reopen the government convinced Mr. Trump to throw in the towel, according to White House aides. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Beyond the Shutdown: The Trump-Pelosi Dynamic Defines Washington," 25 Jan. 2019 The key might not be in throwing in a ton of new exercise variations, but leaning into working on doing your absolute best on those core movements and working to refine them. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: What Can I Do If I'm Bored of My Lifting Routine?," 24 Apr. 2019 Now hear this: Amazon will throw in a free Echo Show smart display or both an Echo Spot and Echo smart speaker for the same price as everywhere else. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals include Apple Watch, Samsung phones and lots of free Echos," 26 Nov. 2018 Another sign of today’s S.F.: tall and ultra-luxe, with a dollop of tech thrown in. John King,, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018 There have been pitchers who could throw in the 90s — Detroit Western's William English was drafted by Los Angeles in the fifth round of the 2018 MLB draft. Detroit Free Press, "Meet Luke Leto, Michigan's best baseball prospect since Derek Jeter," 24 June 2018

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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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The first known use of throw-in was in 1678

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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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