I plowed through a couple hundred suspects, throwing back mere centimillionaires the way pro bass fishermen discard sunfish.
He still has his laddish Liverpudlian wit, throwing back his head in a deep throaty laugh as a crowd of reporters joins in.
And throwing back her mantilla she disclosed a face still young, still fair to excess, but pale, pinched and careworn.
He was throwing back the robe to leap from the sleigh when the figure reached him.
“Some sea, that,” he said, slipping down his hood and throwing back the brine-dripping hair from his forehead.
throwing back her head he crushed her mouth beneath his lips.
He rose and crossed the room, throwing back a curtain at the further end.
throwing back his shoulders, he struck the bar with his fist.
throwing back his overcoat he pointed to a small red button on his coat lapel.
"Just fancy," retorted Paganel, throwing back his head proudly.
"to project, propel," c.1300, from Old English þrawan "to twist, turn writhe" (past tense þreow, past participle þrawen), from Proto-Germanic *thræ- (cf. Old Saxon thraian, Middle Dutch dræyen, Dutch draaien, Old High German draen, German drehen "to turn, twist;" not found in Scandinavian or Gothic), from PIE *tere- "to rub, turn, rub by turning, bore" (cf. Sanskrit turah "wounded, hurt," Greek teirein "to rub, rub away," Latin terere "to rub, thresh, grind, wear away," Old Church Slavonic tiro "to rub," Lithuanian trinu "to rub," Old Irish tarathar "borer," Welsh taraw "to strike").
Not the usual Old English word for "to throw" (weorpan, related to warp (v.) was common in this sense). The sense evolution may be via the notion of whirling a missile before throwing it. The sense of "put by force" (e.g. throw in jail) is first recorded 1560; that of "to confuse, flabbergast" is from 1844; that of "lose deliberately" is from 1868.
To throw the book at (someone) is 1932, from notion of judge sentencing a criminal from a law book full of possible punishments. To throw (one's) hat in the ring "issue a challenge," especially to announce one's candidacy, first recorded 1917. To throw up "vomit" is first recorded 1732.