throw away

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throw something away

to toss something out; to dispose of something. Should I throw this away? Don't throw away anything that might be useful.
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throw away something

also throw something away
to fail to use an opportunity Milton threw away his chance of promotion by being late almost every day. It's a chance to audition for the Metropolitan Opera - don't throw it away. Related vocabulary: blow it
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of throw away something (to get rid of something)
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throw away

1. Also, throw or toss out . Dispose of, discard, as in This coat is too good to throw away, or Did you throw out the rest of the milk? or She tossed out all his old letters. [First half of 1500s]
2. Waste, fail to use, as in She's thrown away her inheritance on all kinds of foolish enterprises, or He's thrown away his chances for an engineering job. [Mid-1600s]
3. Also, throw out. Utter or perform in an offhand, seemingly careless way, as in He threw away the news that their summer cottage had been broken into, or She threw out some suggestions for changing the bylaws. [First half of 1900s]
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throw away

1. To get rid of something as useless; discard something: I threw away yesterday's newspaper. They gave us extra tickets, but we threw them away.
2. To fail to take advantage of something: They threw away a chance to make a fortune. The students had an opportunity for a great education, but they threw it away.
3. To waste or use something in a foolish way: He threw away his inheritance on poor investments. She won some money in the lottery, but she threw it away.
4. To utter or perform something in an offhand, seemingly careless way: The play's villain throws away the news that the house has burned down.
5. Sports To throw some football so that the pass is ruled incomplete: Unable to find an open receiver, the quarterback threw the ball away. The quarterback threw away the football to stop the clock.
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The three main reasons why people throw away food is because it goes off too quickly, leftovers are not eaten, and too much food is prepared in the first place, a recent Unilever study noted.
According to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), UK households throw away a staggering 6.
GORDON Brown's belief that we throw away pounds 450 worth of food a year is hogwash.
He added: "At least half of the food we throw away could actually be eaten.
Staffordshire council's waste chiefs say that every year Halloween creates piles of waste as revellers throw away their capes and hats, masks and lanterns.
DUSTBIN "detectives" have discovered that people living in south Warwickshire throw away more food than their counterparts in the north of the county.
Could you make people aware that if they throw away a cigarette end they could be fined pounds 50 on the spot?
It's only when she's willing to throw away tradition that she experiences a sense of liberation.
People will throw away 83 sq km of wrapping paper, enough to cover Newcastle's Town Moor more than 10 times.
While these batteries may be deemed safe to throw away, some critics argue that recycling is still a better alternative.
Construction of the athletic center will produce more [scrap] than all the paper and cardboard and bottles and cans we throw away on campus in a whole year," says Paul Lachance of St.
The current trend aimed at "lock them up and throw away the key" is completely devoid of common sense.
Potential applications include the traditional prepaid market, kiddy phone and throw away markets for business people and tourists in immediate need of a cell phone but who do not wish to enter into multi year expensive contracts or purchase expensive handsets.
Ministers reckon they encourage people to throw away food that is fine to eat and will urge shops to use a simple "use by" date instead.
If they have that much money to throw away, how about Kirkwood Hospice for a start and many more things that I could name where the money would be better spent instead of stupid 'water things'?