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throw (something) in
To add something to a deal or offer, in addition to everything else or to what was already stated or expected. I know they're willing to throw extra vacation days in, but what I really need is a higher salary. Wow, they threw in a free gift with purchase!
1. Literally, to hurl someone or something forcefully into something or some place. The kids were being so rowdy that I took them up to their rooms, opened the door, and threw them in for a time-out. Who knows what I ended up packing—I just opened my suitcase last night and threw in whatever I could grab.
2. To add, insert, or introduce something during the course of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "in." There were a few good ideas thrown in at the end, but otherwise the movie was a total waste of time. The teacher always tries to throw pop-culture references in to try and make his lectures more interesting, but it's just tacky.
3. To add or offer something extra as a free bonus or incentive. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "in." We're throwing in free concert tickets to our first 100 customers. I told them I wasn't going to renew my contract, so they said they'd throw a free phone upgrade in if I stayed with them.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
throw something in Go to throw something
into the bargain.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Insert or introduce into the course of something, interject, as in He always threw in a few jokes to lighten the atmosphere. [c. 1700]
2. Add something with no additional charge, as in The salesman said he'd throw in the carpet padding. [Second half of 1600s]
3. throw in with. Enter into association with, as in His friends warned him against throwing in with the notorious street gang. [Second half of 1800s] Also see cast one's lot and the subsequent idioms beginning with throw in.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To insert or introduce something into the course of an activity, performance, or conversation: The lawyer threw in a few snide comments while we conversed. The team threw in a new goalie halfway through the game. Let me throw my two cents in.
2. To add some extra thing or amount with no additional charge: If you order within the next 15 minutes, we'll throw in a book bag. The car salesperson threw the snow tires in for free.
3. To engage something, such as a clutch: He threw in the clutch and drove off. Be careful not to stall when you throw it in.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.