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throw away

1. To discard or dispose of something; to get rid of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "away." He threw away the wrapper after he finished eating the candy bar. I can't believe you threw my mother's card away!
2. To waste, misuse, or mismanage. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "away." They threw away their lead in the second half of the game with a series of foolish, avoidable mistakes. It's great that you're earning a bit of money, but don't throw it away on stuff you don't need.
3. To fail to properly use or take advantage of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "away." With her grades, she could have gone to the top universities in the country, but she threw it away to go to New York to be an actor. The company is throwing away the goodwill of their customers with this horrible new subscription service.
4. To say or utter something casually, carelessly, or in an offhand manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "away." She threw away a remark that her son would be taking over the department. In its financial earnings report, the company's CEO threw the news away that they would be selling their mobile division.
5. In American football, to intentionally throw an incomplete pass. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "away." Realizing he was about to be tackled, the quarterback decided to throw it away.
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throw something away

to toss something out; to dispose of something. Should I throw this away? Don't throw away anything that might be useful.
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throw away

1. Also, throw or toss out . Dispose of, discard, as in This coat is too good to throw away, or Did you throw out the rest of the milk? or She tossed out all his old letters. [First half of 1500s]
2. Waste, fail to use, as in She's thrown away her inheritance on all kinds of foolish enterprises, or He's thrown away his chances for an engineering job. [Mid-1600s]
3. Also, throw out. Utter or perform in an offhand, seemingly careless way, as in He threw away the news that their summer cottage had been broken into, or She threw out some suggestions for changing the bylaws. [First half of 1900s]
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throw away

v.
1. To get rid of something as useless; discard something: I threw away yesterday's newspaper. They gave us extra tickets, but we threw them away.
2. To fail to take advantage of something: They threw away a chance to make a fortune. The students had an opportunity for a great education, but they threw it away.
3. To waste or use something in a foolish way: He threw away his inheritance on poor investments. She won some money in the lottery, but she threw it away.
4. To utter or perform something in an offhand, seemingly careless way: The play's villain throws away the news that the house has burned down.
5. Sports To throw some football so that the pass is ruled incomplete: Unable to find an open receiver, the quarterback threw the ball away. The quarterback threw away the football to stop the clock.
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Kenneth Williams, 39, was waiting for level-crossing gates to open when a council worker saw him throwing away the butt.
They say each family across the county is currently throwing away an average of pounds 420 a year in food and this month will see the most wasteful time.
The amount of waste suggests that many don't care about throwing away things they have spent hard-earned money on.
Around a third of the population end up throwing away food that might have gone stale, including crisps, biscuits, milk and eggs.
Mr Howell said: "Although the trust already has a very effective paper recycling scheme in place, I noticed that the department was throwing away alot of plastic items.
Dear Editor, - I must take issue with your leader (Post, Mar 21) in which you stated that a pounds 110 million bridging loan from the Government to MG Rover would have been throwing away public money.
Family issues had left O'Neill's future in doubt anyway but Rangers' unlikely triumph came thanks to Celtic's collapse, throwing away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to Motherwell.
LOUTH boss Val Andrews has lashed his players for throwing away more league points against Wicklow and snapped: "Stop making excuses.