\ ˈthrō-ˌin How to pronounce throw-in (audio) \

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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Examples of throw-in in a Sentence

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Grant then threw in a few heart emojis for good measure. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Richard E. Grant Just Had the Sweetest Twitter Interaction with Barbra Streisand," 30 Jan. 2019 Republicans, facing an electoral tsunami that year, basically threw in the towel and let Lieberman soak up conservative votes. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Ned Lamont elected governor of Connecticut," 7 Nov. 2018 Greene threw in front of pitching coach Rick Anderson, head trainer Doug Teter and assorted teammates during the Rays series. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Shane Greene to be activated after aneurysm scare," 11 July 2018 Late last week, the developers threw in an additional $1 million sweetener if the deal is approved, on top of a recent pledge to pay the maintenance fees for all residents for four months. Charles V. Bagli, New York Times, "A $54 Million Offer to Build Oversize Towers Divides Seward Park," 10 June 2018 Investors yesterday prematurely threw in the towel on the T-Mobile merger with Sprint, driving both stocks down on the assumption that antitrust regulators will block the deal. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Why It's Tough to Bet Against T-Mobile CEO John Legere," 1 May 2018 To help with the Liz Rehab part of the fraud, Prado, Calimano and at least three co-conspirators threw in some patient brokering, according to documents. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "His fraud cost victims $10 million. Now, it's costing him time, land and a $22,000 Rolex | Miami Herald," 29 Apr. 2018 Kyle Korver threw in 19 points (5-of-9 on 3-pointers) and the guard also grabbed six rebounds. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Cavaliers heart-pounding victory could mean more than one win -- Terry Pluto," 26 Apr. 2018 Some voters even threw in their own suggestions like Dallas, Deagan, David, Duncan, Dusty and Dean, but the poll’s landslide winner was Deacon, which took home 47 percent of the tallies. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Joanna Gaines on Why Expecting Her Fifth Baby 'Feels Like It's My First Time Being Pregnant'," 4 Apr. 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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The first known use of throw-in was in 1678

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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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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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