\ˈthrō-ˌin \

Definition of throw-in 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of throwing a ball in: such as

a : a throw made from the touchline in soccer to put the ball back in play after it has gone into touch

b : a throw from an outfielder to the infield in baseball

c : an inbounds pass in basketball

2 : something added as a bonus or supplement

throw in


Definition of throw in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to add as a gratuity or supplement

2 : to introduce or interject in the course of something : contribute they throw in some … sound effects on several songs— Tom Phillips

4 : engage throw in the clutch

intransitive verb

: to enter into association or partnership : join agrees to throw in with a crooked ex-copNewsweek

throw in the towel or less commonly throw in the sponge

: to abandon a struggle or contest : acknowledge defeat : give up

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Galvis scudded his throw in front of first baseman Eric Hosmer, who could not catch it. Andy Mccullough,, "Kenta Maeda fans nine to secure Dodgers' 4-2 win over Padres," 12 July 2018 Sprint will also throw in a subscription to Hulu and Tidal (the entry-level version, without lossless audio). Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "But now there’s a bundle with Tidal?," 12 July 2018 The throwing of an octopus results in ejection and a $500 fine, but the Red Wings take care to note that a police officer must see the throw in order for a fan to be ticketed. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 9 weirdest fan traditions in sports, from fish throwing to celery," 16 Apr. 2018 While the Tigers had a number of long throw ins during the match, the Central Lafourche defense did a nice job defending the throws and cleared the ball out the box to prevent further damage. Josh Preston,, "'Playing for Karr changed my life': 12 players declare on National Signing Day," 7 Feb. 2018 Powered by Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd, with the steadying presence of Sue Bird thrown in, and enhanced defense thanks to new coach Dan Hughes, the Storm goes into Tuesday's game against the Sparks No. 1 in the WNBA. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "How the Seattle Storm flipped its fortunes and rose to the top of WNBA standings," 9 July 2018 The prospects with two pitches, or a different delivery, or who throw in the high-90s and might be closers, come from that first look as a starter. Ray Glier, USA TODAY, "Ups and downs of minor league bullpens," 5 July 2018 Just before serving, heap the fennel onto a large dish, throw in the olives and use a potato peeler to finely shave the parmesan cheese over the salad. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "How to Host a Gorgeous Summer Dinner Party Without Cooking," 22 June 2018 At what point do investors and company leadership throw in the towel and call it quits? Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, June 18," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of throw-in


1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of throw-in

: a throw made in soccer or rugby to put the ball back in play after it has gone out of the playing area

: a throw from a player in the outfield to a player in the infield in baseball

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