Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

throwback Thursday

A social media phenomenon in which older pictures (such as childhood photos) are posted on Thursday with the phrase (often abbreviated "TBT") as an accompanying hashtag or caption. I'm going to post my second grade class picture for throwback Thursday! Me at my senior prom! #throwbackThursday
See also: throwback, Thursday

throw back

1. To toss something in order to return it. A noun or pronoun is used between "throw" and "back." He tried to throw the ball back to the others across the river, but it landed in the water instead. I reeled in the fish, but it was too small so I threw it back.
2. To cast, fling, or jerk something backward. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "back." She threw her head back and howled with laughter. I threw back my arm so he couldn't reach the book in my hand.
3. To obstruct, hinder, or delay the progress of someone or something. A noun or pronoun is used between "throw" and "back." That computer virus wiped out our data and threw our project back by nearly a month. He was supposed to arrive by 9, but the traffic jam threw him back a bit.
4. To drink something very quickly or in one swig, especially an alcoholic beverage. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "back." I'm not surprised you feel so horrible, judging by the way you were throwing back drinks last night. Let me just throw this back, and I'll be ready to go.
See also: back, throw

throw someone or something back

to return someone or something by tossing. The sailor climbed out of the water into the boat, and his mates grabbed him and threw him back. That was their idea of fun. Karen threw back the undersize fish.
See also: back, throw

throw something back

Sl. to eat or drink something quickly. He threw a beer back and got up and left. She threw back a beer.
See also: back, throw

throw back

1. Hinder the progress of, check, as in His illness threw his schooling back a year, or The troops were thrown back by a barrage of fire. [First half of 1800s]
2. Revert to an earlier type or stage, as in That dog throws back to his wolf ancestors. This usage gave rise to the noun throwback, a reversion to a former stage or type. [Second half of 1800s]
3. throw back on. Cause to depend on, make reliant on, as in When the violinist didn't show up, they were thrown back on the pianist. [Mid-1800s]
See also: back, throw

throw back

1. To return something with a throw: The catcher threw the ball back. The players threw back the ball to the coach.
2. To fling something, such as a body part, backward: I threw back my head in laughter at that scene. The player threw his arm back to catch that ball.
3. To return some fish to the water after catching it: When you throw a fish back, hold it in the current until it recovers. Throw back the trout—it's too small to keep.
4. To hinder the progress of someone or something; check someone or something: The lack of money threw back the project. The storm threw the schedule back.
5. Slang To drink something, especially alcohol, in one draft by suddenly tilting: We threw back a couple of beers. The club members are at the bar throwing shots back.
6. throw back on To cause someone to depend on someone or something; make someone reliant on someone or something: The economic downturn threw us back on our own resources.
See also: back, throw
References in periodicals archive ?
22) Such is the fabricated nostalgia on display in MLB, where teams have worn throwback jerseys, putting authenticity aside in favor of historic jersey amalgamations designed to evoke a nostalgic style and affirming Andreas Huyssen's claim that "memory .
The throwback look will come a week after the Ducks wore white helmets, green jerseys and new gray pants, a look that was greeted with mixed reviews at best.
7701(a) (30)(E) and the throwback rules no longer apply.
While subsequent distributions of accumulated ordinary income would be subject to the throwback rules when distributed, capital gains would not be subject to throwback and there would be no interest charge (as there would be in the case of foreign trusts).
Keywords: state taxation; apportionment formula; tax incentives, unitary business principle, throwback rule.
This is a primitive throwback to our furrier days when feeling a chill caused the hairs on the body to stand upright in order to trap air for warmth.
While the evolution of school technology transforms the way kids learn and teachers teach, the bubble sheet--that avatar of the standardized test, that bane of sloppy handwriters everywhere--still plods along, a stubbornly tough throwback to the eons BC (before computers).
Far from an Old World throwback, the presence and use of these objects, traditions, and practices could be even more important in today's overly secular world--creating a sort of fire wall for our faith, a visible and spiritual tap on the shoulder to wake us up to who we are in a world where it can be very, very easy to forget our identity as Catholics.
It is being promoted as a throwback to the grand days of the original Penn Station, complete with sweeping glass vistas and a dramatic use of space.
The Alpha plan is a throwback to one of three redesigns suggested in June, when the proposed craft was still referred to as space station Freedom (SN:6/19/93, p.
It is a throwback to the dark ages, and it simply does not belong in the 21st century,' De Lima said in her latest dispatch from detention.
Grammy Award winner Justin Timberlake also welcomed Smith with an adorable throwback picture.
CHRIS SUTTON reckons the capture of Nadir Ciftci is a throwback to the time Parkhead bad boys proved their worth.
Following the plot of the first three films - the 21st-century Rambo outing doesn't get a look-in for licensing reasons - the majority of the game's action plays out like a throwback to 80s arcade shooter Operation Wolf, topped off with some crude quick-time event scenes and even more limited stealth gameplay.