- (slang, transitive and intransitive, chiefly Britain, New Zealand) To vomit; throw up.
- She got ridiculously drunk last night and chucked up in the back of the minicab on the way home.
- Take it easy on the roller coasters or you're going to chuck up your lunch.
- (dated, transitive and intransitive) To chuck up the sponge; to give up; to admit defeat; to jig up, throw up, jack up; to break a contract; to abandon or quit (something).
1891, Gems from Our Village, page 62:
- But when you've tried it once or twice, And do not find it over nice, If it's dear at any price, Chuck it up. If it's not a paying game, Not worth the candle — all the same, Chuck it up.
1919, John Buchan, Mr. Standfast:
- What worried me was the sense of being up against something inhumanly formidable and wise and strong. I believed I was willing to own defeat and chuck up the game.
2013, Pede Hollist, “Foreign Aid”, in A Memory This Size and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing, ISBN 1780261209, page 40:
- With a renewed sense of purpose, Logan was ready to chuck up the day as a waste until he stepped into the parlour of their home and almost bumped into a slinky, dark-skinned girl in a cotton docket and lappa, with a mid-leg slit on one side.
2014, Robert Purvis, Three Men Called Josiah, ISBN 1491893346, page 70:
- He sounded quite excited, as if he were deriving some vicarious pleasure from the anticipated outcome of my efforts, and I hadn't the heart to tell him how, at that precise moment, I was feeling quite ready to chuck up the whole thing.
to give up or abandon (something)