throw up


threw up; thrown up; throwing up; throws up

transitive verb

: vomit
: to raise quickly
: to build hurriedly
new houses thrown up almost overnight
: give up, quit
the urge … to throw up all intellectual workNorman Mailer
: to bring forth : produce
: to make distinct especially by contrast : cause to stand out
: to mention repeatedly by way of reproach
throw up one's hands
: to admit defeat
in the end throws up his hands in despairFrank Conroy

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 The expectant mom — who will welcome a baby boy with Kane, 30, later this year — wore an all black cut-out dress as Kingsley cradled her belly and threw up a peace sign in separate photos. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 The New York House members took a page from the Freedom Caucus and threatened to throw up their own procedural hurdles for the child tax credit bill last week, only backing down when Johnson agreed to advance a separate bill for SALT. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2024 Macklemore thanked his family, their team, and their fans, while Lewis threw up a peace sign without getting any time on the mic. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Jonathan Gitlin Sitting in the driver's seat there are no worries about being squished in, and both visibility and ergonomics throw up no horrible surprises. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2023 But instead of engaging, Kelce threw up a heart symbol with his hands. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 26 Jan. 2024 The couple's outfits were also captured in a standing photo, where Gomez showed off her sequin dress with sheer panels — and Blanco threw up a peace sign. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 Garcia said his son has thrown up on three occasions after hearing loud noises, which Garcia attributes to the stress of the shooting. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2024 Isabella was diagnosed in October of 2023 and experienced the following symptoms before her diagnosis: headaches, nausea, couldn’t walk straight, and throwing up blood. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 12 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

Cite this Entry

“Throw up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

throw up

: to build or raise hurriedly or quickly
threw up the window
: to give up : quit
just wanted to throw the whole thing up

Medical Definition

throw up

intransitive verb
: vomit

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