throw up

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throw up

  1. Vomit, as in The new drug makes many patients throw up. [First half of 1700s]

  2. Abandon, relinquish, as in After the results of the poll came in, she threw up her campaign for the Senate.

  3. Construct hurriedly, as in The builder threw up three houses in a matter of a few months. [Late 1500s]

  4. throw it up to. Criticize, upbraid, as in Dad was always throwing it up to the boys that they were careless and messy. [Early 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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