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1. To hurl, fling, or cast someone, something, or oneself onto something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "throw" and "on." He threw the newspaper on my desk. He threw himself on the hood of the parked car to avoid the swerving truck.
2. To put something, such as an article of clothing, on one's body carelessly or in haste. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "on." Let me just throw on my coat and then we can get going. I threw a bit of makeup on and rushed out the door.
3. To force someone to accept, deal with, or take responsibility for someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "on." My father threw the money on my husband and awkwardly rushed out the door before he could decline. I had the responsibility of leading the company thrown on me when the CEO unexpectedly resigned.
4. To force one's amorous or sexual advances upon someone. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "throw" and "on." After a few drinks, the boss started throwing himself on his secretary. It was a bit unseemly the way she threw herself on me at the end of the night.
5. To activate or start the function of something, typically a machine or electrical device; to turn something on. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "on." Throw on the lights for me, and we'll see if we can find the documents you're looking for. Will you throw the oven on so it will be hot by the time I get home?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
throw someone or something on(to) something
to hurl someone or something onto something. The intruder threw Jason onto the floor and began to kick him. He threw the book on the floor and stalked out.
throw something on someone or something
to toss or sling something over or onto someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Mommy, Jimmy threw some mud on me! Throw a cloth on the sofa to protect it from paint spatters.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To hurl or fling someone or something on someone or something with great force or speed: The campers threw some wood on the bonfire. The children threw themselves on the trampoline.
2. To force something or someone on some unwilling or improper recipient: The new administrator threw the responsibility on us.
3. To commit someone to someone or something, especially for leniency or support: The prisoners threw themselves on the mercy of the court.
4. To put on some clothing hastily or carelessly: I threw on a suit. We threw our shoes on and ran outside.
5. To start the operation, activity, or flow of something by or as if by flipping a switch: When the meeting ended, we threw on the light. The party ended and we threw the lights on.
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.