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: an act or instance of throwing a ball in: such as
: a throw made from the touchline in soccer to put the ball back in play after it has gone into touch
: a throw from an outfielder to the infield in baseball
: an inbounds pass in basketball
: something added as a bonus or supplement

throw in

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threw in; thrown in; throwing in; throws in

transitive verb

: to add as a gratuity or supplement
: to introduce or interject in the course of something : contribute
they throw in some … sound effects on several songsTom Phillips
: 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

Examples of throw-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Asprilla’s first touch in the 67th minute was a headed goal, fed in by the head of McGraw after a long throw-in by Eric Miller. oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 Trinity Rodman prepares for a throw-in during an international friendly between Ireland and the United States in Austin, Texas, on April 8, 2023. Sean Gregory, Time, 18 July 2023 The sequence was set up when D.C. struggled to play out of their end after earning a throw-in following a Bou left-foot misfire. Frank Dell'apa,, 16 July 2023 Asprilla kept up his involvement with a shot on-frame in the 27th minute after a long throw-in by Eric Miller. oregonlive, 3 June 2023 Jackson Sandoval also headed away several long throw-ins and corner kicks into the box for the Knights. Lynn Ramsey, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Feb. 2023 Boateng then picked off an SKC throw-in, crossing for Vrioni to touch back to Gil. Melia blocked Gil’s right-footer and Vrioni finished for a 2-0 lead. Frank Dell'apa,, 22 Apr. 2023 McBride’s goal came on a deflection in a mad scramble in front of the six-yard box after a throw-in from the left side by Osiramah Iyamah. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 31 Mar. 2023 The Revolution converted the decider after DeJuan Jones picked off a throw-in and earned a corner kick with an impressive left-wing run. Frank Dell'apa,, 25 Mar. 2023
This 12-piece ceramic set is perfect for four and can be thrown in the dishwasher for an easy clean or popped in the microwave to reheat food. Micaela Arnett, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 Whether that’s essential to the plot or just another bit of cool weirdness thrown in for the heck of it is open to debate. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 Both tick the boxes of mainstream appeal crossed with artistic prowess (with doses of fashion, art and glamour thrown in for good measure) and will surely be on the wish-list for visitors to London, along with the city’s iconic sights. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 For her biggest Kansas City Chiefs game yet, Taylor Swift bedazzled herself in about $50,000 worth of jewelry on Sunday, with several pieces featuring Chiefs-red rubies thrown in. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 Pull your curls into a casual chignon and throw in pin detailing just for fun. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 13 Feb. 2024 The sure-handed target caught 76.9 percent of balls thrown in his direction, and should be the focus of the 49ers’ defense on critical downs. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 This was the week when otherwise sane Republicans, who’d spent months drafting a bipartisan Senate bill that linked major border reforms to more military aid for Ukraine, threw in the towel. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024 Unions representing Hawthorne police, El Monte police and Los Angeles school police each threw in $1,500. Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of throw-in was in 1678

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“Throw-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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