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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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Colbert called Mayock and talked about a third-round pick, later asking Oakland to also throw in a fifth-rounder. John Clayton, The Denver Post, "Analysis: After a busy offseason, the Raiders will be the talk of NFL preseason," 9 July 2019 Definitely don’t give up and don’t throw in the towel. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "Dad was the absentee parent. Why does my brother keep blaming everything on Mom?," 6 July 2019 City officials plan to throw in another $600,000 worth of value to account for how much Meyer has spent planning the development at his current land — bringing the final land value to $3.1 million. Joshua Fechter,, "Hays Street bridge land will become a park after years-long fight," 13 June 2019 In dissenting opinions, justices who disagree with the majority’s decision lay out the reasoning behind their disagreement—and throw in the occasional jab at their colleagues. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The art of throwing shade in a SCOTUS dissent," 20 June 2019 Seriously, just throw in an all-white bookshelf, a green velvet couch, and a simple glass coffee table, and you're set. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Wayfair's modern furniture brand is having a huge sale right now," 18 June 2019 Might as well throw in a baked potato for top honors at B&B, an Idaho spud the size of a Nerf football, stuffed with fatty chopped beef in a tangy, peppery barbecue sauce loaded with cheese, bacon and sour cream for a starch-and-protein Hail Mary. Mike Sutter,, "Review: B&B Smokehouse sets a solid barbecue table on San Antonio’s South Side," 13 June 2019 Detmers didn’t throw in that midweek game, and neither did Vanderbilt’s ace, Drake Fellows. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "High-profile pitching matchup to highlight Louisville's College World Series opener," 10 June 2019 Kavanaugh throws in a racketeering claim too, and demands compensatory damages of at least $25 million. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dueling Lawsuits Filed Over a Stock Exchange for Hollywood Movies," 7 June 2019

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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