throw oneself at

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throw (oneself) at (someone or something)

1. To apply or give all of one's time, energy, and effort to something. With the way he's been throwing himself at his work lately, I just hope he doesn't get burned out. After widespread outcry, the company began throwing workers at their customer support division to regain the public's favor.
2. To vie for someone's attention or affection, especially in a romantic or sexual capacity. He couldn't walk into a bar without dozens of fans throwing themselves at him. By the end of the date he was practically throwing himself at me, but I told him I needed to get to bed early for an important meeting in the morning.
See also: throw

throw oneself at someone

 and fling oneself at someone
Fig. to give oneself willingly to someone else for romance. I guess that Mary really likes John. She practically threw herself at him when he came into the room. Everyone could see by the way Tom flung himself at Jane that he was going to ask her for a date.
See also: throw

throw oneself at

Also, throw oneself at someone's head. Try to attract someone's interest, attention, or love, as in He always had women throwing themselves at his head. [Late 1700s]
See also: throw

throw oneself at

To make efforts to attract the interest or affection of (another).
See also: throw