\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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Squeeze the lime into the mix, and throw in that hot sauce. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best Drink to Make After a Breakup (and Other Purposeful Cocktails)," 22 Oct. 2018 Goff found Kupp with two beautiful TD throws in the first half, the first hitting Kupp in stride on a 70-yard sprint , and the second eluding two Vikings and dropping into Kupp's hands deep in the end zone. Greg Beacham, Fox News, "Rams top Vikings, 38-31, as Goff throws for 465 yards, 5 TDs," 28 Sep. 2018 Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is offering Antarctic itineraries on its new Scenic Eclipse and throwing in some interesting perks. Phil Marty,, "Adventures in vegan eating, a Canadian bucket list and more," 13 July 2018 Because his dad went there first and threw in what was effectively a bribe of an alleged $2.5 million. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 Max Muncy followed with a single, another run scored when Carlos Asuaje couldn’t flip cleanly to second base on Logan Forsythe’s grounder up the middle and a third crossed the plate when Hosmer couldn’t pick Galvis’ throw in the dirt to first. Jeff Sanders,, "Lucchesi labors as Padres fall to Dodgers," 11 July 2018 The online retailer's sale started July 10, offering more than a hundred deals for $119 -- the price of an annual Prime membership -- and throwing in free shipping, too. Doreen Christensen,, "eBay mocks Amazon, launches hot deals on Apple products and more ahead of Prime Day," 11 July 2018 Although neither police officer can recall the actual arrest, the suspects were likely pushed into the back of Bigelow’s gold ’69 Pontiac, driven ten blocks to the station, fingerprinted and thrown in the cells. Jeff Maysh, Smithsonian, "The Counterfeit Queen of Soul," 28 June 2018 Forget about unthawing chicken, boiling noodles or throwing in a pizza June 6. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This week it's all about the best of the fests in Milwaukee's western suburbs," 4 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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