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[throh-uh-wey] /ˈθroʊ əˌweɪ/
made or intended to be discarded after use or quick examination:
a throwaway container; a throwaway brochure.
delivered or expressed casually or extemporaneously:
a funny throwaway line that brings applause.
something that is made or intended to be discarded.
a handbill, advertising circular, pamphlet, etc., intended to be discarded after reading.
Also called pushout. Informal. a youth who is unwanted or rejected by his or her family, the school system, or society in general.
Origin of throwaway
1900-05; adj., noun use of verb phrase throw away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for throwaway
  • They're being hyped as the future of manufacturing and the innovation that could bring the demise of our throwaway culture.
  • But this has deeper meaning than a mere throwaway line in a film critic's column.
  • Rechargeable batteries are more cost effective than throwaway batteries over the long term.
  • Use reusable items instead of throwaway products, ie stainless steel water bottles instead of plastic ones.
  • throwaway rockets can do the job perfectly adequately.
  • Its success can be attributed largely to throwaway pricing.
  • Somewhat less diverting are the car chases and the time out necessary to explain the throwaway story.
  • He's particularly good with his throwaway lines, including dialogue overheard in a singles bar.
  • As long as people consider cats as throwaway objects, there will be strays.
  • In one funny throwaway, they show up looking sporty in favorite loud polyesters and wind up in a melee on the tennis court.
British Dictionary definitions for throwaway


adjective (prenominal)
said or done incidentally, esp for rhetorical effect; casual: a throwaway remark
  1. anything designed to be discarded after use rather than reused, refilled, etc; disposable
  2. (as modifier): a throwaway carton
(mainly US & Canadian) a handbill or advertisement distributed in a public place
verb (transitive, adverb)
to get rid of; discard
to fail to make good use of; waste: to throw away all one's money on horses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for throwaway

throw a monkey wrench into something

verb phrase

To confuse or disable something: Hot-eyed radicals eager to throw a monkey wrench into the social machinery (1920+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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