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 In the back seat, Wafa Almaktari tries not to throw up. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, 29 May 2021 Another male participant was given a small trash can to throw up in and was forced to do it in front of the other attendees. Greg Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 What Democrats want is for frustrated states to throw up their hands and follow H.R.1 up and down the ballot. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 11 May 2021 The table of requirements in the affidavit does throw up exceptions vis-à-vis vaccination coverage and oxygen requirements. Arunabh Saikia, Quartz, 20 May 2021 The powerful bursts throw up rock fragments called tephra, some still hot, that land several hundred meters from the crater, which is located in an uninhabited area. David Bressan, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Most insiders throw up their arms if asked which candidates have the edge. New York Times, 7 May 2021 You might be tempted to throw up your hands in exasperation at these findings. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2021 Cain made a strong throw up the third-base line a bit that Narváez fielded and made a swipe tag on Edman to end the inning. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of throw up

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

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The first known use of throw up was in the 15th century

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20 Jun 2021

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“Throw up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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throw up

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

Medical Definition of throw up

: vomit

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