[mid-18C–mid-19C] a cudgel.
SE in slang uses
[1980s+] a derog. term for an Arab from the Middle East.
[1990s+] (Aus.) a childish person, a weakling.
1. [20C+] (also chuck in…, sling in..., shoot in..., throw in the marble, ...the rag, throw the towel in, chuck…) to give in, to capitulate.
2. [1900s] (also throw the handkerchief) to resign.
3. [1910s–30s] (also throw in the sponge) to die.