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1. Literally, to toss or fling someone or something over the top of someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "over." They kept throwing the ball over my head so I couldn't reach it. The gangsters threw him over the side of the bridge.
2. To refuse, reject, or abandon something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "over." The prime minister has unexpectedly thrown over the trade agreement with its neighboring countries, citing vague national security concerns as the primary reason. We threw the deal over when we realized that half our staff would lose their jobs as a result. You can't just throw over the business like that—it's your fault we're in such financial trouble!
3. To cause something to be null and void; to dismiss or invalidate something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "over." The employment contract has clearly been thrown over due to the employee's continued appropriation of company equipment for personal gain. We're hoping the judge will throw the case over based on technicalities.
4. To end a romantic relationship with someone, especially very suddenly and unexpectedly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "over." He had been planning to throw Janet over for some time, so he stopped trying to hide the fact that he was cheating on her. My ex-girlfriend threw me over for a younger man.
throw someone or something over someone or something
to toss someone or something over someone or something; to lay someone or something across someone or something. The wrestler picked his opponent up and threw him over the referee. He threw his opponent over the ropes.
throw someone over (for someone else)
to break up with a lover in order to take another lover. Sarah threw Jason over for Larry. She threw over Jason for Walter.
throw someone over
to end a romance with someone. Jane threw Bill over. I think she met someone she likes better. Bill was about ready to throw her over, so it's just as well.
Reject, abandon, as in They'd lived together for a year when she suddenly threw him over and moved out. This idiom, possibly alluding to throwing something or someone overboard, was first recorded in 1835.
1. To overturn someone or something forcefully: The kids threw the cart over. A strong gust of wind threw over the sailboat.
2. To abandon someone or something: She threw over her boyfriend of four years. He threw over the company he founded and moved to a ranch.
3. To reject someone or something: She threw over our idea, calling it ridiculous. They wanted us to implement the new policy, but we threw it over.