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1. To assemble, arrange, or put together haphazardly, carelessly, or in haste. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "together." A: "This dinner is delicious!" B: "It's nothing special. I just threw together a few different leftovers we had in the fridge." You can tell they threw a bunch of clichés together when they were writing the story. Be sure to follow the instructions—don't just throw it together like you usually do!
2. To put multiple people into close proximity or association. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "together." We're going to throw the two top developers together to see what they can come up with. We were thrown together by random chance, but it ended up being the most important moment of our lives.
throw something togetherand slap something together
to assemble or arrange something in haste. Don't just slap something together! Use care and do it right. You assembled this device very badly. It seems that you just slapped it together. John went into the kitchen to throw together something for dinner.
1. Assemble hurriedly, as in I just threw together some salad and took it along. [Early 1700s]
2. Cause to associate, as in Their parents were always throwing the young couple together hoping they would like each other . [Early 1800s]
1. To assemble or arrange someone or something hurriedly or haphazardly: The cook threw together some supper. I threw together an outfit. We threw the trip together in a week.
2. To force some people into relation or proximity with one another. Used chiefly in the passive: The survivors were thrown together by the tragic shipwreck.