throw up

verb
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of throw up

intransitive verb
: vomit
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

Examples of throw up in a Sentence

  1. she must have eaten something that didn't agree with her because she threw up right after dinner

  2. 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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First Known Use of throw up

15th century

throw up Synonyms


Medical Dictionary

throw up

intransitive verb \ ˌthrō-ˈəp \

medical Definition of throw up

: vomit


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