throw-in

noun \ ˈthrō-ˌin \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of throw-in

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

First Known Use of throw-in

1881


throw in

verb

Definition of throw in

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
3 : distribute 3b
4 : engage
  • throw in the clutch
intransitive verb
: to enter into association or partnership : join
  • agrees to throw in with a crooked ex-cop
  • Newsweek
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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First Known Use of throw in

1678


THROW-IN Defined for English Language Learners

throw-in

noun

Definition of throw-in for English Language Learners

  • : 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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