from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something designed or likely to be discarded after use, as a free handbill distributed on the street.
  • n. A child or teenager who has been rejected, ejected, or abandoned by parents or guardians and lives on the streets.
  • adj. Designed or intended to be discarded after use: throwaway packaging.
  • adj. Readily discarding things: a throwaway society.
  • adj. Having been rejected, ejected, or abandoned by parents or guardians: throwaway children living on the streets.
  • adj. Written or delivered in a low-key or offhand manner: "a sentence fragment or quirky throwaway metaphor” ( Joyce Carol Oates).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Disposable; intended for a single use prior to being discarded.
  • adj. Extemporaneous; off the cuff.
  • adj. Being intended for single use.
  • adj. Selected or used without care or attention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. designed to be discarded after a single use; disposable.
  • adj. spoken with deliberate underemphasis.
  • n. an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution.
  • n. words spoken in a casual way with conscious underemphasis.
  • transitive v. to discard.
  • transitive v. to waste or squander.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. words spoken in a casual way with conscious under-emphasis
  • n. an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
  • adj. intended to be thrown away after use
  • n. (sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets
  • adj. thrown away
  • v. get rid of
  • v. throw or cast away


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

throw +‎ away.


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  • The American nailed his first qualifying run in the men's halfpipe with 45.8 points on Wednesday, the highest score of his heat, but caught a rut on his second and got low marks in what he described as a throwaway run.

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  • The last point, almost but not quite a throwaway, is that success breeds success.

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  • She considered the song a "throwaway" -- one of many topical songs written for a particular political cause at a particular moment in time.

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  • a sharp mesmeric intelligence which she uses to shock with subtlety, in throwaway detail and quiet changes of direction.

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  • I tend not to read too much into a one word throwaway; for my taste, Matt seems to mostly be making mountains out of molehills (like he did with Steele earlier today — what is it about today for him?).

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  • This is the part of the field where you will see what are called throwaway plays, which are deep throws to the end zone or a trick play like a reverse or double pass.

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  • If it turns out the market is not that big, which you discover in a lot of these things at a certain point in time, that a market is just not that big, in that case, it didn't make sense to do a strategic transaction, put it in the hands of somebody who has maybe more market throwaway, which is actually what we did with (unintelligible).

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  • Included in the survey was what Mr. Benham called a throwaway question about which the company expected a tepid response: "I wish security software brands would just explain things in plain English so I could really understand what I'm protected against."

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  • Most people won't be surprised to learn that they also seek to shape what is published in journals through ghost-written essays signed by prestigious doctors, or attempt to influence prescribers' opinions through widely distributed "throwaways", a euphemism for journal articles that support their products.

    New Scientist, 6 June 2009

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