- (transitive) To discard (trash, garbage, or the like), to toss out, to put in the trash, to dispose of.
- He wanted to throw away the cup, but he couldn't find a trash can.
- Don't throw the newspaper away, it goes in the recycle bin!
- (transitive, figuratively) To waste, to squander.
- Voting for a third-party candidate sometimes feels like throwing your vote away.
- The team threw away its chance at the semifinals.
- 1975, Freddie Mercury, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (song), in Queen (band), A Night at the Opera (album):
- Mama, life has just begun. / But now I've gone and thrown it all away.
- (American football, slang) To intentionally throw an incomplete pass.
- (idiom) To give lightly, in an offhand manner.
- French: rejeter, jeter
- German: fortwerfen, wegwerfen
- Italian: buttare via
- Portuguese: jogar fora
- Russian: выбра́сывать
- Spanish: tirar, echar, desechar