\ 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

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

Examples of throw-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At just 24 years old, Grenada’s Anderson Peters has his second world championship gold after winning the men’s javelin throw in the World Athletics Championships on Saturday evening at Hayward Field in Eugene. oregonlive, 23 July 2022 Those developers will also be able to get a 10 percent cash rebate, and Amazon may throw in credits to be used for ads and more down the line, Rubenson told Bloomberg. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 22 July 2022 Airlines bend their fare rules to allow an extended stopover and sometimes even throw in a free or discounted hotel room. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 Go for it, voters, and maybe throw in a guest nod to Gillian Anderson for her turn as Catherine’s seductive mother. Matthew Gilbert,, 2 June 2022 Some pools come with filter pumps, covers, ground cloths, ladders, and even cup holders to attach to the rim, but others don’t throw in any extras. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 9 May 2022 Go for the brisket, pulled pork, meaty pintos and vinegary slaw — and also throw in a side of buttermilk biscuits, which rewarm nicely for breakfast the next day. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2022 Plant into native soils; don’t amend the planting holes, but do throw in a few handfuls of worm castings. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022 Take a low-volume day and throw in the big foreign investor pullback as contributors to the market action. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Throw-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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