throw down v.
1. to overcome, to prove too much for [wrestling imagery].
|Letters 98: These blessed exams are getting awfully close now; but I think I shall floor mine, and Dick’s sure to throw his examiners down.|
2. (US) to discard, to abandon.
|Yale Yarns 253: That Gower girl, — she’s thrown him down.|
|Powers That Prey 170: If they see ’t ye mean business they ’ll crawl, but if ye monkey with ’em, they ’ll t’row ye down.|
|Brand Blotters (1912) 158: You don’t figure he’s aiming to throw us down – do you, Buck?|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 77: Unless you wire me twenty here, care city jail, will have to do ten days. Don’t throw me down this time. It will be the last.‘Felice o’ the Follies’ in|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 142: My parties are out! I don’t mind throwing them down, but I ain’t rat enough to put the finger on them for you.‘Assistant Murderer’ in|
|‘TB’s Got Me’ [lyrics] TB’s got me, all my friends have thrown me down / TB’s got me, and all my friends have thrown me down.|
|‘’Fore Day Blues’ [lyrics] Hmmm, I can’t get started / Since you threw me down, / I thought you were the square, babe, / And you played me for a clown.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 18: Gettin’ back on the block, thrown’ down that ill shit and bustin’ some seriously wrong moves in this here column.|
3. (US) to get someone into trouble, to betray.
|St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 3 Dec. 17/7: ‘To throw down’ means to do a mean trick.|
|Star and Sentinel (Gettysburg, PA) 4/5: ‘To throw down’ – To get a chum into trouble.|
|God’s Man 155: ‘Listen,’ said Mr. Quinn with deep feeling, ‘any time I throw down a pal ...’.|
|Keys to Crookdom 421: Throw down. To betray.|
4. in senses of SE throw down the gauntlet.
(a) (US) to challenge, in an aggressive manner; also attrib.
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 331: So I says I’d tackle it, because I didn’t want to throw John down.‘My Roomy’ in|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 210: What I don’t like [...] is a yellow puppy that’ll throw down the men he rides with.‘Corkscrew’|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 7: We could flag a car and throw down on them.|
|Edwardsville Intelligencer (IL) 30 Mar. 2/1: If someone with a shank throws down on a hack there is friction in the joint.|
|Sl. U. 192: throw down to instigate something, to do something critical or provocative.|
|Clockers 103: Darryl’s beating heart was a throw-down challenge to his own welfare.|
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|NY Times Online Crossword Blog 12 Mar. [Internet] The Puzzle Master ‘Throws Down’ on Illin’ [...] the debate was [...] a lively and immediate exchange about a current piece of hip hop slang.|
(b) (US black) to get into a fight with.
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 138: throw down to fight or have a physical confrontation.|
|‘I Don’t Give a Fuck’ [lyrics] What, you wanna throw down? Better bring your gun, pal.|
|Blood Posse 7: Nathan stood up, swelled up his chest, ready to throw down.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] throw down v 1. to fight. (‘Look, they’re about to throw down!’).|
|Pain Killers 158: If he wanted to throw down, maybe I could hit him with a chair.|
(c) (US teen) to challenge a rival, e.g. MC or breakdancer .
|‘Rappin and Rockin the House’ [lyrics] I’m the plus one more and I’m throwin down.|
|[song title] Zulu Nation Throw-down.|
5. (US campus) to eat or drink voraciously.
|Gangster Girl 42: The servant sing-songed in with the Scotch. Annie threw it down.|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 68: Banty threw two slugs down his throat.|
|letter 21 Nov. in Leader (2000) 609: We’ll be throwing down shish-kebab in Shepherd’s Bush and whitebait in Whitechapel before very long.|
|Rooted I iii: There were all these incredibly tactile people throwing down Red Ned.|
|Big Easy 161: Comiski threw down the whiskey.|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 10: Balmain was one of his old stamping grounds and his old chinas might be still around throwing down a pig’s ear or three.|
|Central Sl. 56: vittles, throw down some To get hold of some grub. To have dinner.|
|Mr Blue 258: That called for two more [drinks]; again I threw one down and sipped the other.|
6. (US black/campus) to enjoy oneself vigorously, to dance.
|Campus Sl. Fall 7: throw down – to have a good time.|
|‘Dog Talk’ [lyrics] It was something ’bout the dog that made me throw down.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 14: Seven hours of festival-style throwin’ down.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 157: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Throw down. Clock block. Drop top. Wild style.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 15: THROW DOWN — have a party: ‘We’re throwing down at our house tonight’.(ed.)|
7. (US black) to perform music (without agressive subtext of sense 4c).
|‘Rapper’s Delight’ [lyrics] He’s guaranteed to throw down.|
|‘The Dream Team Is In The House’ [lyrics] My name is Pardee, and I’m gonna throw down.|
|‘Back in the Day’ [lyrics] When I got a little older, grab the mic and throw down.|
|‘9 Milli Bros.’ [lyrics] Niggas be rhymin’ for nothing, then my team pull up, we all throw down, y’all broke niggas stay frontin’.|
8. attrib. use of sense 6.
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 63: A real black American throwdown party crowd.‘King Sunny Adé’ in|
9. (US black/campus) to perform well; to work hard on a major project.
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 23: The band’s Scot-screeching frontman H.R. throws down like James Brown gone beserk.‘Bad Brains’ in|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 9: throw down – do something with intensity. ‘I threw down on some math last night.’.|
10. (US campus) to have sexual intercourse.
|Campus Sl. Spring 8: throw down – have sex.|
|Sl. and Sociability 71: One hits on members of the opposite sex, potential slampieces, and winds up throwing down, knocking boots, or banging them.|
(US Und.) to hold a gun on.
|DA].A Maid of Frontier 183: [He] threw his pistol down on Chisholm at three feet distance [|
|Bar-20 Three 195: You got plenty of gall, comin’ down here an’ throwin’ a gun on me, for that!|
|(con. 1880s) Triggernometry (1957) 227: He rode up and ‘threw down’ on the wanted man.|
|‘Stop Breaking Down Blues’ [lyrics] Now, I give my baby, now, the ninety-nine degree, / she jumped up and throwed a pistol down on me.|
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 8: Get a gun and you can kill [...] Yeah, what’ll he do if I throw this on him?‘Tell Them Nothing’ in|
|After Hours 76: You must be crazy [...] throwin’ a gun on me.|
|Homeboy 70: Have Rooski cover the patrons while I throw down on whatever motherfuckers are in the basement.|
|Another Day in Paradise 76: Motherfucker called Mel a weenie, he had to throw down on him.|
|Wire ser. 1 ep. 7 [TV script] Old Bird will throw down without thinking, for sure.‘One Arrest’|
to give up a project, a way of life.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1226/1: since late C.17.|