throw back

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v throw back throw back with a quick, light motion "She tossed back her head"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so that the stomach is dangling out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses its' forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
    • v. i Throw back to revert to an ancestral type or character. "A large proportion of the steerage passengers throw back to their Darwinian ancestry."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Throw back to retort, to refuse: to revert to some ancestral character, to show atavism
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Quotations

  • Ezra Pound
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    “You let me throw the bricks through the front window. You go in at the back and take the swag.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thráwan, to turn, to twist; Ger. drehen, to twist, L. torquēre.

Usage

In literature:

Dayson lolled in his chair, throwing his head back.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
I withdrew once more from the closet, finding her beginning to recover, lest the sight of me too soon should throw her back again.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
He recalled the voice that had suggested throwing him back into the snow.
"The Grizzly King" by James Oliver Curwood
It is too bad to throw these things at you on paper which can't answer back as you would, and right sharply I know.
"A Hilltop on the Marne" by Mildred Aldrich
Merriwell crept away from first for a long lead, but it was not easy to get, as Coulter drove him back with sharp throws each time.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
You can't give it up, and you have to throw back your thousands in profitless work.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
To gaze on it, I have to throw my head 'way back on my thick neck.
"Barks and Purrs" by Colette Willy, aka Colette
I throwed the fire at him an' it lit on his back an' burnt' him.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Instead of parrying the blow, Tom dodged it by throwing his head back.
"Brave Tom" by Edward S. Ellis
Entered a lean American, throwing back his waterproof all dripping with the rain; his face was calm and peaceful.
"Letters of Travel (1892-1913)" by Rudyard Kipling
Throw a sup more paraffin on, you, Pat; now stand back all of yous, an' look at the fine blaze.
"North, South and Over the Sea" by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
Well, shall I cut the top off this bunch uh beef, or throw the whole business back on the range?
"The Long Shadow" by B. M. Bower
We reached lower ground, and our batteries in Virginia began to throw shells over our heads to keep back the enemy.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
Seem mos' lak she done throw back to our folk, suh.
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers
I throw myself back into my corner laughing.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
After venting a heavy sigh, he checked a motion to throw away the token of his undoing and put it back into his pocket.
"The Court of Boyville" by William Allen White
The officer waited until he had finished the row; then throwing back his cavalier cloak the ensign of the rank dazzled the slave's eyes.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
They went away then a little way, and came back again, throwing spears all around, more than they did before; very large spears.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
I'll go back to town, throw everybody off the track, and bring out a few things to make you comfortable.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
Throwing back the deerskin flap, he stepped outside.
"Triple Spies" by Roy J. Snell
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In poetry:

He tests the body and the mind,
He rings them o'er and o'er;
And if they crack, He throws them back,
And fashions them once more.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
"Mother, I'll throw them apples down,
I'll bring them pails of water."
The mother turned with an angry frown
Holding back her daughter.
"Apples And Water" by Robert Graves
Leads them as children and as air
On to the blindly tossing tops;
The centuries throw back their hair
And the old men sing from newborn lips:
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
I already know the storm, and I am troubled as the sea.
I leap out, and fall back,
and throw myself out, and am absolutely alone
in the great storm.
"Sense Of Something Coming" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Weep, maidens of Zerifah, above the laden loom!
Scar, chieftains of Al Elmah, your cheeks in grief and gloom!
Sons of the Beni Snazam, throw down the useless lance,
And stoop your necks and bare your backs to yoke and scourge of France!
"Abd-El-Kader At Toulon Or, The Caged Hawk" by William Makepeace Thackeray
But remember, Saviour,
That my heart which like a lark at heaven's gate singing,
hovers morning-bright to Thee,
Throws still the dark blood back and forth
In the avenues where the bat hangs sleeping, upside-down
And to me undeniable, Jesus.
"St. Matthew" by D H Lawrence

In news:

GOP throws Obama's old deficit stands back at him.
A mild back strain delayed the Japanese pitcher's throwing program last week.
Despite a rough start Thursday, Pettibone had a much better May (3-2, 3.63 ERA) than April, and part of the reason was that he went back to throwing more four-seam fastballs .
It's Back Throw Back Thursday Tonight It's Christina Aguilera ' Genie In A Bottle.
GOP throws Obama's old deficit stands back at him.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) reaches back to throw a more.
Now, my friends will tell you that I can flat out throw back some food.
While the Bainbridge High School Bearcats do not throw very much out of their split-back veer offense, the pass can be kind of a secret weapon.
This is video of Purdue punter Cory Webster throwing a 30-yard behind the back pass during a flag football game.
Taxmageddon would throw US back into recession .
I do not know what team rule he broke or which team executive's wife he had sex with that warranted him being chosen as the first to wear the new Steeler throw-back uniform.
Retired Army Sgt Joshua Michael's final act of heroism before he was fatally injured Thursday was throwing his wife off the back of a flatbed trailer as it was struck by a moving train.
Gio Gonzalez knew he wasn't going back to the mound after throwing 102 pitches in 101-degree heat.
Sabres Flyers Throw Downs Go Back In History- Get Ready For Game 7 Buffalo.
'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' review: Throw it back.
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In science:

If the WIMP orbit reaches out to Jupiter, there is a large probability that Jupiter will affect the orbit and disturb it so that it no longer passes through the Sun and eventually throws the WIMP out of the solar system back into the Milky Way halo.
Limits on the WIMP-nucleon scattering cross-section from neutrino telescopes
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