The men formed a human bulldozer, forcing back agitators who sought to hurl rocks and bottles at the cops.
But for true diva status, you need to hurl a phone at an assistant (Naomi Campbell).
When it comes to the Syria conflict, recent developments may hurl us off the cliff.
early 13c., hurlen, "to run against (each other), come into collision," later "throw forcibly" (c.1300); "rush violently" (late 14c.); perhaps related to Low German hurreln "to throw, to dash," and East Frisian hurreln "to roar, to bluster." OED suggests all are from an imitative Germanic base *hurr "expressing rapid motion;" see also hurry. The noun is attested from late 14c., originally "rushing water." For difference between hurl and hurtle (which apparently were confused since early Middle English) see hurtle.