The word ‘throw‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to launch an object through the air or quickly send into a particular state.

For example:

  • Boris threw the ball to Carl. (launch)
  • The government was thrown into a state of panic. (particular state)


Throw is an irregular verb. The past tense is threw (which is a homophone and is pronounced EXACTLY the same as ‘through’) and the past participle is thrown.

phrasal verbs with throw list

Phrasal verbs with ‘throw’ include:

  • throw at
    meaning – throw towards a person/target
    example – I packed up all his belongings and threw them at him when he got home.
  • throw away
    meaning – discard something
    example – I’ve thrown away everything that reminds me of my ex.
  • throw in
    meaning – add something
    example – I bought a car, and the dealer threw in a free MOT.
  • throw off
    meaning – quickly remove an item of clothing/ launch an object from another object
    example – I can’t wait to throw off my dress and put my pyjamas on.
  • throw on
    meaning – quickly add an item of clothing/accessory
    example – I threw some make-up on and left as quickly as I could.
  • throw out
    meaning – discard or be expelled
    example – I’m going shopping! First, I need to throw out some of my old clothes.
  • throw together
    meaning – make something quickly
    example – I forgot I have an assignment due tomorrow. I’ll have to throw one together this evening.
  • throw up
    meaning – vomit
    example – The baby threw up all over my new blouse.

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phrasal verbs with throw

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘throw’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with throw - throw at
phrasal verbs in English (THROW) - throw away meaning
phrasal verbs with throw - throw in
phrasal verbs in English (THROW) - throw off meaning
phrasal verbs in English (THROW) - throw on meaning
throw phrasal verbs - throw out meaning
phrasal verbs with throw - throw together meaning
phrasal verbs in English (THROW) - throw up meaning

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with throw below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with throw, how about learning the idioms with throw too?

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