throw away

throw away

  1. (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!
  2. (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.
  3. (American football, slang) To intentionally throw an incomplete pass.
  4. (idiom) To give lightly, in an offhand manner.

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