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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Was throwing up on his own face a bit much to anyone else? Wendy Steiner,, "ACS: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: Episode 9 Recap: "Alone"," 22 Mar. 2018 Certain models, like the one that is probably feeding you the weather on your iPhone, are throwing up snowflakes in our future, specifically Saturday and Sunday. Lizzy Acker,, "Could it really snow in Portland this weekend?," 19 Mar. 2018 Eléonore Leojeanne and Yasmine Baiou have also been blithely throwing up their lengths. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Modern Victorian Updos Are Taking Over Instagram—Here’s How to Do Them Right," 13 Mar. 2019 And today in Manhattan the mogul did it again, this time with an entirely new take on her signature polished updo: her honeyed lengths parted to the side, curled and thrown up high, with one strategic strand left loosely tucked. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Proves She Has the Best Ponytail Game in Hollywood," 12 Dec. 2018 Cora said Sale started feeling ill and was throwing up right after the game. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "Red Sox ace Sale out of hospital, will rejoin team at Game 3," 16 Oct. 2018 Relive the state championships, the national championships and the best players who launched their college and pro careers as Dr Lena from the evening session is that Riley didn't throw up. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Carroll's new Dodge works if he's not expected to be the old Dodge | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Mar. 2018 The runway ended triumphantly with Delevigne throwing up peace signs to the cameras, and a unanimous standing ovation from the audience. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Karl Lagerfeld's Final Chanel Show Was a Snowy Winter Wonderland," 5 Mar. 2019 Devon Windsor threw up the peace sign while getting ready. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Instagrams from the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 9 Nov. 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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