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verb [transitive] informal chuck pronunciation in British English /tʃʌk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlechucking
past tensechucked
past participlechucked
  1. 1
    to throw something
    Someone had chucked a brick through their window.
    chuck someone something: Chuck me the ball, would you?
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      to put something somewhere in a careless way
      She came in, chucked her books on the table, and went straight to her room.
  2. 2



    chuck out


    chuck away

    to get rid of something you do not want
    This is the pile of things we need, and over here is the pile of things we can chuck.
  3. 3
    British to end a relationship with someone
    After two years she chucked her boyfriend.



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