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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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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Others say the selloff has thrown up buying opportunities. Kevin Kingsbury, WSJ, "Chinese Slump Could Keep Auto Stocks Stuck in Lower Gear," 18 Jan. 2019 Some entrepreneurs look at North Beach and throw up their hands. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, "The historic San Francisco neighborhood is suddenly littered with empty storefronts. What’s the reason?," 13 June 2019 For one fun activity, the women all dressed in white — many looking like brides themselves with veils — and posed for a big group photo, where Kristen Doute threw up a peace sign. Jen Juneau,, "Vanderpump Rules Cast Celebrates Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright's Bachelor/Bachelorette Bash," 6 June 2019 Colin had visited our emergency room a few days before with complaints of a sore throat, headache, throwing up and belly pain. Julia Michie Bruckner, Discover Magazine, "Is a Teen's Pain Just Drama, or Something Worse?," 12 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, Shayk mimicked Maxwell's perfectly-imperfect hairstyle, though her chestnut strands were thrown up in an effortless topknot, piece-y bangs falling to each side. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Irina Shayk and Stella Maxwell Do Holiday BFF Beauty Like True Supermodels," 13 Dec. 2018 Traditionally, artists have thrown up yellow flags when discussing the notion of writing topical songs, much less singing them night after night on tour when the emotions and events that guided the lyrics may have faded. Greg Kot,, "Why an avalanche of protest music is again in the air," 5 June 2019 At the same time, however, Trump's unpredictability and lack of an overarching foreign policy has thrown up unexpected roadblocks. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Saudis and Emiratis face the pitfalls of courting Trump," 23 May 2018 Many have thrown up a statue or the like for visitors. Michael Democker,, "Tilt at windmills like Don Quixote in Consuegra, Spain," 26 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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Medical Definition of throw up

: vomit

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