Green’s Dictionary of Slang

throw v.

1. to vomit.

[UK]Wilson Tyneside Songs (1890) 374: He retched an’ he threw i’ the hight oo his anguish [OED].
[Aus]F.J. Hardy in Great Aus. Lover Stories 63: Euphemisms for vomit [...] include spue, burp, hurl, the big spit, the long spit, throw, and whip o’ will.

2. in transitive senses.

(a) (US Und.) to cheat, to rob.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum 89: To cheat; to rob; to steal.

(b) (US) to do, to perform, to put across; thus thrower n.

[US]H. Hapgood Autobiog. of a Thief 48: Some of them escaped because they knew how to throw the innocent ‘con’ so well.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ Beat It 53: He’s a horse trader by profession and a con thrower by nature.
[US]P.A. Rollins Cowboy 76: The outlaw he began to throw talk.

(c) (US) to shoot a bullet.

[US]F. Harris ‘The Best Man in Garotte’ in Elder Conklin & Other Stories (1895) 166: He [...] slowly drew the revolver from under the cloak. His hesitation was too much for the crowd. ‘Throw it through him, Jedge! Now’s your chance. Wade in, Jedge!’.
[US]E. Booth Stealing Through Life 302: Had to throw a slug or let him out [...] and we was too near through to start blasting.
[US]W.R. Burnett High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 374: The copper throws a slug into Petty’s pal.
[US]H. Gould Fort Apache, The Bronx 114: So anyway this Rasta throws three through the door, and one of ’em hits the wall about an inch from Donnelly’s head.

(d) (US Und.) to send to prison.

[US]‘Number 1500’ Life In Sing Sing 262: I can fall, but no bull could throw me.

(e) (US black) to cast a spell.

[US]Z.N. Hurston Hoodoo (1995) 179: She even throwed at me once, but she can’t do nothin’.

(f) (US Und.) to rob at gunpoint.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 222/1: Throw, v. To rob at pistol point.

(g) (US) to sell, e.g. throw joints, to sell marijuana cigarettes.

[US](con. 1985–90) P. Bourjois In Search of Respect 192: I never used to throw joints [...] But I was doing a lot of drugs.

3. (orig. US) to disconcert, to surprise, to worry.

[UK]E.B. Browning Letters to M. R. Mitford (1983) II 431: Poor Mr. Horne! He appeared to me far more thrown by this last adversity than he ever was by the death of his Katy .
[US]M.H. Smith Twenty Years among the Bulls and Bears of Wall Street 121: Vanderbilt has never been ‘thrown’ since he commenced his stock speculations [DA].
[US]T. Runyon In For Life 36: One banker was really thrown when I put the pistol on him.
[US]C. Himes Big Gold Dream 132: It was the Jew who threw us [...] Taking that furniture apart.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 110: He’s playing with more dough inna week, he’s used to seeing inna month. It threw him.
[US]J. Ridley Love Is a Racket 104: That threw me a bit.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 24 3: As she brush her tress off I glimpse an eye, a dark eye, an it throw me cos its a well-sad dark eye.

4. in senses of SE throw away.

(a) to lose deliberately, esp. in sports.

[US]N.Y. Clipper 25 June 1/5: After the race was over, the excitement on the track beggared description — some swearing that Nodine threw the race.
[US]Chicago Republican 28 July 4/3: The game of Thursday last with the ‘Forest City Club,’ of Rockford, was ‘thrown up’ for the purpose of enabling thieving gamblers to make bets against the ‘Excelsior Club’ of this city [DA].
[US]N.Y. Times 25 June 8/2–3: [He may have] thrown the race for the purpose of getting the odds heavy against him.
[US]H.W. Woodruff Trotting Horse of America 207: In all her hippodroming (and she was hippodromed with a good deal) her owner and driver never threw away a heat.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 83: You throwed that race, you s— of the b— , and I am going to lick you for it.
Florence Trib. (AZ) 18 Dec. 1/3: I want to know what made you think I was going to throw that race!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Feb. 24/2: Gaffney says Tweedie wanted to square him to ‘throw it’ [...] and though he (Gaffney) pretended to agree, he nevertheless made up his mind to win – a task which, to his way of thinking, was akin to ‘falling off a log,’ for Tweedie couldn’t ‘brush a bee from a bucket.’.
[US]St Paul Globe 19 Dec. 5/2: He reiterated his vogorous denials of the charges President Hart is alleged to have made against him of ‘throwing’ games.
[US]Van Loan ‘Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm’ in Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 21: It was hinted that the manager had thrown the game.
[US]R. Lardner ‘Hurry Kane’ in Coll. Short Stories (1941) 106: ‘I will give you twenty thousand dollars if you get beat.’ ‘I can’t throw my pals,’ said Kane.
[US]H. McCoy They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? in Four Novels (1983) 65: I wish I’d thrown the race.
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 245: Pretty soon the kid has to throw one or win one he doesn’t deserve.
[US]R. Graziano Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) 249: Rocky, have you ever taken any money to throw a fight?
[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 167: I think Chubby wants you to throw the game.
[US]S. Stallone Paradise Alley (1978) 213: Ya threw the fight?! Ya blew everythin’!
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.
[UK]Observer 27 June 1: Tim May of Australia claimed that Salim had offered a bribe to throw a match.
[UK]Guardian Sport 29 Apr. 12: Wrestlers [...] frequently threw matches for money.
[SA]Mail & Guardian 13 Apr. [Internet] Were you ever asked to throw a fight?

(b) (US) to get rid of, to overcome; of a police officer, to drop a charge.

[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ Down the Line 22: ‘You’re on a cold plate,’ whispered Wise Samuel, but he couldn’t throw me.
[US]B. Cormack Racket Act II: I get slipped somethin’ good if I throw Joe Scarsi’s case.
[US] ‘Honky-Tonk Bud’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 57: There were those who knew him, the agent who threw him, / And those who just came to stare.

5. (US) to host a party or social event.

[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 267: They would, as they expressed it, ‘throw a party.’.
[US]D. Parker ‘The Last Tea’ in Penguin Dorothy Parker (1982) 183: I went up to May’s — she was throwing a party.
[Aus]K. Tennant Battlers 149: Stories of the gay parties ‘thrown’ by the station-owners who had rented the more presentable houses in the town at an exorbitant figure, were daily gossip in the kitchen.
[UK]K. Amis letter 11 Oct. in Leader (2000) 608: We ought to get together some time. Why don’t you throw me a lunch on the Mag?
[UK]Observer Business 22 Aug. 20: The Ken Kesey party thrown last week by C4.

6. to go out on a spree.

[US]E. Anderson Thieves Like Us (1999) 76: Let’s [...] go to Dallas and get us a Packard and throw us a good one.

7. to have sexual intercourse.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 257: throw. Engage in sexual intercourse.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Spring 8: throw – have sex promiscuously: Does she throw?

In compounds

throw-oil (n.)

vaginal secretions.

[UK]Randiana 80: Although her cunt has not got that tenacity of grip which distinguished Lady Fanny [...] there was that general spunkiness about her final throw-oil which places her in the front rank for one of her station of life .

In phrases

throw the bull (v.) (also throw bull around, throw it (around))

(US) to brag, to boast, to claim what one cannot achieve.

[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 37: When it comes to throwing the bull to the jury I’ll make Beany look like a bowl of tripe.
[US]G. Bronson-Howard Enemy to Society 211: I don’t throw any ‘bull’ around like some guys I know.
[UK]B.E.F. Times 15 Aug. (2006) 208/1: When the high-brow pens get busy slinging ink [...] they’ll throw the bull.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 26 June [synd. col.] ‘Throwing the bull’ is likely to become more than a Broadway conversational diversion.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in AS VII:5 337: throw the bull — to talk nonsense.
[US]A. Kapelner Lonely Boy Blues (1965) 42: You’re throwing the bull right in your old man’s face.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 59: ‘Stop throwing it.’ [...] ‘No, it’s the truth.’.
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Tomboy (1952) 60: Anyhow, you were throwing it, and that’s something I don’t like.
[US]W. Brown Monkey On My Back (1954) 44: It was just the sort of stuff you heard. He didn’t know where he’d got it from. Just some cats digging, throwing it around.
[UK]R.A. Norton Through Beatnik Eyeballs 78: I not throw bull aound all the time about witches I had doubles with and all.
[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 10: (the) come-on – To put someone on; conning; throwing the bull.
[US]Maledicta 1 (Summer) 14: If he is fundamentally dishonest and a liar to boot, [...] He is throwing the bull (or is a Spanish athlete).
[US]D. Gaines Teenage Wasteland 63: That’s the art of street hang. Telling stories, throwing the bull, smackin’ your gums.