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  • Urban dictionary has a defintion going back to 2006.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=throw%20shade which is to publicly disrespect, or trash talk publicly.

    a google phrase search has Tess of the D'urbervilles page 386 "Above, Jupiter hung like a full-blown jonquil, so bright as almost to throw a shade. " but that's a different definition from the new Urban Dictionary.

    Another totally different version is seen in the 1800's.

    http://goo.gl/WTLR6 Dictionary of Latin synonymes: for the use of schools and private students page 347 "Adumbrare throwing shade upon something taking the shade of something that is making a hasty drawing sketching the chief traits"

    January 22, 2013