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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 Atop all that, throw in technologies like electronically adjustable suspensions, intricate turbo plumbing, and the computerized waltz of a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Looking to Buy or Lease? A Word of Advice," 3 July 2020 Easy to pack for travel and throw in the suitcase and even easier to put on. Rebecca Shinners,, "These Merrell Sandals Are the Most Comfortable Slides I’ve Ever Worn," 3 July 2020 But throw in a puppet show, some snappy songs, Nazis, and climactic scenes set at an amateur talent competition? cleveland, "Before you watch ‘Hamilton,’ here are 15 movies based on Broadway musicals, ranked," 1 July 2020 But don’t throw in the towel just yet, says Anu Hariharan, a partner at early-stage startup investment major Y Combinator. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Lessons from an Indian-origin investment honcho who weathered H-1B curbs years ago," 27 June 2020 Even after filing for bankruptcy protection and seeing its most famous shareholder, Carl Icahn, throw in the towel on the company, Hertz’s shares spiked to as high as $5.53 each this month. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Hertz suspends $500M stock offering amid SEC investigation," 17 June 2020 Apple will also throw in free engraving for either iPad purchase. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Students and teachers can get a free pair of AirPods with this back-to-school promotion," 16 June 2020 According to the Justice Department official, the attorney general had a bottle thrown at him while visiting the park outside of the White House, and Barr was informed that demonstrators gathered rocks to throw in his direction. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Barr involved in decision to expand perimeter around White House and remove protesters," 2 June 2020 Some people throw in heartier dashes of hot sauce; others spike their micheladas with fresh lime juice, or clam juice. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Mexican Cocktails You Can Easily Make At Home," 28 May 2020

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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 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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