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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

threw in; thrown in; throwing in; throws 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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Examples of throw-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The federal estate tax is 40%, and then throw in Connecticut’s estate tax up to 12%. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 May 2021 He has also, it should be pointed out, been incredibly keen to throw in all manner of curveballs to confuse and confound the extraordinary levels of exegesis that have been applied to his work. Eamonn Forde, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The track, which appears on the rock outfit’s latest album, Van Weezer, boasts stomping drums and crunching power chords, while guitarist Brian Bell gets to throw in some dazzling hair metal-style guitar tricks as well. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 11 May 2021 Those numbers brought up a red flag, considering Perez used to be able to consistently throw in the 92-94 mph range, before reaching back to hit 95 mph. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2021 Just make sure to throw in some flowers or nice chocolates too. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, 3 May 2021 Besides being delicious, Pappadeaux is simply easy to throw in a rhyme scheme. Matt Young, Chron, 19 Apr. 2021 Johnson was released at his request last August and remains a free agent, although the lefthander has continued to throw in hopes of getting another chance., 10 Apr. 2021 Webster lets the seasons determine what to throw in the pot. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of throw-in


1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of throw-in was in 1678

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“Throw-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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