throw out

See also: throwout and throw-out



throw +‎ out


  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈθɹəʊ ˌaʊt/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /ˌθɹəʊ ˈaʊt/
  • (file)


throw out (plural throw outs)

  1. Alternative form of throw-out


throw out (third-person singular simple present throws out, present participle throwing out, simple past threw out, past participle thrown out)

  1. (idiomatic) To discard; to dispense with something; to throw away.
    Just throw out that pen if it doesn't write anymore.
    They decided to throw out the idea because it would have been too expensive.
    • 1999 February 25, PoeticCell [username], “Re: Eminem is the white Redman”, in, Usenet[1]:
      I picked up Eminem and I liked it. He pretty much threw out today's standardized thug/club/dance and stack paper philosophy that a jabillion other rappers have already adapted.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[2]:
      The episode also opens with an inspired bit of business for Homer, who blithely refuses to acquiesce to an elderly neighbor’s utterly reasonable request that he help make the process of selling her house easier by wearing pants when he gallivants about in front of windows, throw out his impressive collection of rotting Jack-O-Lanterns from previous Halloweens and take out his garbage, as it’s attracting wildlife (cue moose and Northern Exposure theme song).
  2. (idiomatic) To dismiss or expel someone from any longer performing duty or attending somewhere.
    The board threw the man out, because he wouldn't cooperate and agree with their plans to remodernize the facility.
    The ushers threw the woman out of the auditorium, because she kept shouting out insults to the guest of honor when he made his speech.
  3. (idiomatic) To offer an idea for consideration.
    Let me throw this out there – how about if we make the igloo out of butter? Would that work?
  4. To produce in a haphazard fashion.
    This program keeps throwing out errors.
  5. (transitive) To emit.
  6. (transitive) To utter carelessly.
    to throw out a remark
  7. (transitive) To cause to project.
  8. (transitive) To put into a state of confusion.
  9. (transitive) To outdistance; to leave behind.
  10. (transitive) To cause or experience debilitating muscle or joint pain in (a body part).
    • 1917, Massachusetts. Industrial Accident Board, Reports of Cases under the Workmen's Compensation Act[3], volume IV, Wright & Potter Printing Co., page 310:
      ...while he was putting on his coat, after having completed his work, in preparing to leave for home, he threw out his shoulder.
    • 2004, Al Franken, chapter 31, in Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them : a Fair and Balanced Look at the Right[4], Dutton, page 274:
      But why wasn't Mom there? Sick? No. Threw out her back carrying boxes of blood at a blood drive.