throw out


threw out; thrown out; throwing out; throws out

transitive verb

: to remove from a place, office, or employment usually in a sudden or unexpected manner
: to get rid of as worthless or unnecessary
: to give expression to : utter
threw out a remark … that utterly confounded himJean Stafford
: to dismiss from acceptance or consideration : reject
the testimony was thrown out
: to make visible or manifest : display
the signal was thrown out for the … fleet to prepare for actionArchibald Duncan
: to leave behind : outdistance
: to give forth from within : emit
: to send out
: to cause to project : extend
: confuse, disconcert
automobiles in line blocking the road … threw the whole schedule outF. D. Roosevelt
: to cause to stand out : make prominent
: to make a throw that enables a teammate to put out (a base runner)
throw out the baby with the bathwater
: to discard or lose something useful or beneficial in the process of discarding or rejecting something unwanted

Examples of throw out in a Sentence

the player was thrown out of the game after assaulting the ref would you mind if I threw out that leftover pizza that's been in the fridge for two weeks?
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of throw out was in the 15th century

Cite this Entry

“Throw out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

throw out

: to reject or get rid of as worthless or unnecessary : throw away
: to remove from a place, position, or participation

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