un·​der·​throw | \ ˈən-dər-ˌthrō How to pronounce underthrow (audio) \
underthrew; underthrowing; underthrows

Definition of underthrow

transitive verb

: to throw (a ball or pass) short of the intended receiver in football also : to throw a pass short of underthrow a receiver

Examples of underthrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Watch teams that try deep shots each weekend and overthrow or underthrow them. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2020 Lewerke opened the Spartans’ first possession in the third quarter by underthrowing Cody White for what would’ve been a long gain. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2019 Tyler Huntley aims deeps but underthrows his receiver and throws into double coverage and Brady Brreze intercepts him in the end zone. oregonlive, 7 Dec. 2019 Mayfield threw awkwardly off his wrong foot, underthrowing an open receiver by a lot. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Oct. 2019 Those 50-50 balls, as coaches call them, are sometimes gambles, and better to sail them than to underthrow them for an interception. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 7 Sep. 2019 While Trubisky has been underthrowing balls downfield in recent weeks, this was on the money and beyond Slay. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 11 Nov. 2019 Then the other Drew reared his head, badly underthrowing Troy Brown. Steve Kornacki, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Apr. 2018 More on Spartans: What didn’t work Lewerke struggled at times with downfield passing, either underthrowing or sailing throws to open receivers. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 8 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of underthrow

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Underthrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underthrow. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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