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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.
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throw at

1. To toss someone, something, or oneself in the direction of someone or something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "throw" and "at." He crumpled up the contract and threw it at the bank manager. She threw herself at the burglar to prevent him from escaping with the jewels. He threw the hostage at the police to create a diversion for his escape.
2. To utilize a large amount of some resource in order to deal with some issue or situation. A noun or pronoun is used between "throw" and "at." The government thought they could just throw money at the healthcare problem to fix it, but any real solution will require a complete restructuring of the current system. After widespread outcry, the company began throwing workers at their customer support division to regain the public's favor.
3. To apply or give all of one's time, energy, and effort to something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "throw" and "at." With the way he's been throwing himself at his work lately, I just hope he doesn't get burnt out. After widespread outcry, the company began throwing workers at their customer support division to regain the public's favor.
4. To vie for someone's attention or affection, especially in a romantic or sexual capacity. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "throw" and "at." 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.
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throw something at someone or something

to toss or cast something at someone or something. The boy threw a rock at his sister. He threw the stone at the target.
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throw at

v.
1. To engage oneself with someone or something with energy or determination. Used reflexively: The prisoners threw themselves at the judge and begged for mercy. They threw themselves at the problem until it was solved.
2. To make an overt attempt to attract or interest someone. Used reflexively: I think everyone noticed how you threw yourself at the professor.
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So that when the first-baseman receives the throw at his bag, instead of throwing the ball directly home, he tosses it to the pitcher, who, in turn, "pitches" the ball to the catcher, who now makes a game-like throw to second.
Do you find yourself spending more time on what you think the defense is going to throw at you than on working on the fundamentals and quality repetitions?
Instead of merely playing catch to loosen up, the pitcher can throw at specified targets.