throw 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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Synonyms for throw up


barf, gag, heave, hurl, puke, retch, spew, spit up, upchuck, vomit

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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

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The service has thrown up so many barriers to access that its subscribers aren’t using it regularly. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "MoviePass subscribers aren’t going to the movies, and that’s what MoviePass wants," 3 Oct. 2018 Given the circumstances, the Army Corps of Engineers might have thrown up rows of army barracks and stark mess halls and been done with it. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 Had a guy throw up right in front of my well on the other side of the bar. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Bar Star: Gee Lee at Yauatcha," 3 July 2018 Andrew Halliday threw up twice during our 'Steven Gerrard vs. Marseille' drill., "It Was the Best of Times, it Was the Blurst of Times: The Diary of Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard," 2 July 2018 But every age throws up a few hunters who prefer to go it alone, scorning the safety and consensus of the crowd. Alan Rusbridger, New York Times, "Seymour M. Hersh — the Journalist as Lone Wolf," 13 June 2018 An unlikely victory over Germany could see similarly intimidating opponents lie before them in the likes of Belgium in the quarters, with the semi-final stage primed to throw up yet more elite counterparts in either Spain or Argentina., "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing Costa Rica's Chances at the Tournament," 3 June 2018 Almandinger, until then argumentative and defiant, broke down and asked for a garbage can to throw up in. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "The details in the Grunwald killing fell into place one early December day in 2016," 25 May 2018 Starmer’s bid to rewrite the EU Withdrawal Bill throws up a new hurdle to the premier’s plans. Andrew Atkinson,, "Labour Moves to Prevent `No-Deal' Brexit as Blair Seeks EU Vote," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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\ˌthrō-ˈəp \

Medical Definition of throw up 

: vomit

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