throw away

1) PHRASAL VERB When you throw away or throw out something that you do not want, you get rid of it, for example by putting it in a rubbish container.

[V n P] I never throw anything away...

[V P n (not pron)] I'm not advising you to throw away your makeup or forget about your appearance.

2) PHRASAL VERB If you throw away an opportunity, advantage, or benefit, you waste it, rather than using it sensibly.
See also throwaway

[V P n (not pron)] Failing to tackle the deficit would be throwing away an opportunity we haven't had for a generation...

[V n P] We should have won. We threw it away.


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  • throw away — (something) to fail to use an opportunity. Milton threw away his chance of promotion by being late almost every day. It s a chance to audition for the Metropolitan Opera don t throw it away. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of throw away… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • throw away — ► throw away 1) discard as useless or unwanted. 2) waste or fail to make use of (an opportunity or advantage). Main Entry: ↑throw …   English terms dictionary

  • throw away — hrow away v. t. 1. to discard. [PJC] 2. to waste or squander. [PJC] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throw away — index abandon (relinquish), dislodge, dispel, jettison, relinquish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • throw away — verb 1. throw or cast away (Freq. 5) Put away your worries • Syn: ↑discard, ↑fling, ↑toss, ↑toss out, ↑toss away, ↑chuck out, ↑cast aside …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw away — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms throw away : present tense I/you/we/they throw away he/she/it throws away present participle throwing away past tense threw away past participle thrown away 1) throw away or throw out to get rid of something… …   English dictionary

  • throw away — v. (D; tr.) ( to squander ) to throw away on (to throw away one s money on gambling) * * * [ θrəʊə weɪ] (D; tr.) ( to squander ) to throw away on (to throw away one s money on gambling) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • throw-away — 1. n. a flyer or handbill. □ The hrow away announced a big, city wide TGIF. □ I passed out the throw aways, but not many people would take them. 2. n. a comedian’s quickly uttered one line joke. □ He tossed off his best throw away of the eveni …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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