throw up

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Before big games, Russell would routinely throw up in the locker room. Ira Kaufman, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 July 2022 Smeltzer fielded it but with the Twins shifted over, no one was there to cover third base, and Smeltzer uncorked a wild throw up the first base line for an error. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2022 His mother, traumatized, slapped him and forced him to throw up. New York Times, 22 June 2022 In seemingly good spirits, the reality star also took a moment to throw up a peace sign for a selfie with a fan. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 21 May 2022 Metal fans will throw up their rock hands when Skid Row and Warrant take the stage this summer as part of the Live to Rock tour. Annie Alleman, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2022 Builders scraped away spongy peat and replaced it with gravel to throw up buildings and parking lots. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2022 The right-hander can throw up to six pitches but primarily features a four-seam fastball/slider combo. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 14 June 2022 In a May 19 loss to Cincinnati, Stephan’s errant throw up the first base line allowed Matt Reynolds to score what turned out to be the game-winning run from second base on a grounder by Albert Almora. Joe Noga, cleveland, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of throw up

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

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7 Aug 2022

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“Throw up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for throw up

throw up

intransitive verb
\ ˌthrō-ˈəp How to pronounce throw up (audio) \

Medical Definition of throw up

: vomit

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