throw up

verb

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

Synonyms

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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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 Reddick threw up the line to catcher Max Stassi while Wendle was halfway down the third-base line. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros spoil Charlie Morton's gem in loss to Rays," 1 July 2018 All this might have been enough to induce a commander of lesser character to throw up his hands and return home to his wife and family. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Valley Forge’ Review: In the Bleak Midwinter," 21 Dec. 2018 This could allow conservationists to count and monitor wildlife without disturbing it, but also throws up large amounts of data which requires handling. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018 Worst of all, the console is trimmed with a matte chrome finish, which throws up a reflection in the windshield. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Luxury on a budget: The Lexus NX 300h hybrid reviewed," 14 Oct. 2018 Local developers and planners haven’t thrown up cookie-cutter, contemporary glass towers, says Tommy Pacello, a former planner and current president of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Memphis downtown boom fueled by riverfront city’s rich history," 25 Sep. 2018 Within seconds of her belting out the first few lyrics, the show's host, Emma Willis, threw up her hands and began clapping in amazement. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Before 'America's Got Talent,' Courtney Hadwin Crushed It on 'The Voice U.K.'," 21 Aug. 2018 The move, the first of its kind, signals concern in Berlin about Chinese investment in Germany and reflects a growing effort in the U.S. and Europe to throw up obstacles to Chinese acquisitions of cutting-edge technology. ... Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "China’s Pursuit of Western Tech Assets Hits a German Roadblock," 27 July 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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