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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Lovullo said that Souza threw up to 120 feet Monday and felt no pain. Harvey Fialkov, azcentral, "Diamondbacks accelerate plan for Robbie Ray, set to start on Wednesday," 25 June 2018 The logical brain in my head truly believes that, even as the much bigger part of me, the terrified father, re-reads this sentence and wants to throw up. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Supreme Court says you can't stop progress, or legalized betting," 14 May 2018 At the direction of Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department has thrown up its hands and admitted defeat in a frivolous and highly partisan lawsuit a group of states, led by Texas, filed to challenge the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "On Obamacare, the Department of Justice Is Standing Against the Rule of Law," 8 June 2018 Other clubs will be fully aware of the challenges Brighton will throw up next season like so many forward-thinking new boys before them., "Why Brighton Should Be More Concerned About Dreaded 'Second Season Syndrome' Than Their Rivals," 22 May 2018 Everybody in Division 1 is going to have a pitcher that can throw up zeros just as good as ours. Eric Sondheimer,, "Orange Lutheran might have the best arms in Division 1 baseball playoffs, but nothing will be easy," 17 May 2018 So maybe that’s worth something when the ball is thrown up Thursday. Mark Zeigler,, "Will experience or girth matter most when SDSU plays Houston in NCAA?," 15 Mar. 2018 Ejecta The process of cratering is likely to throw up a huge amount of rocks and debris into the air. Jasper Hamill, Fox News, "7 terrifying ways that asteroids could wipe out life on our planet revealed," 28 June 2018 Other companies are also navigating hurdles that the tariffs have thrown up for their international supply chains and sales. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Harley-Davidson to Shift Production Overseas to Offset EU Tariffs," 25 June 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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one that holds something together

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