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verb British English pronunciation: hurl /hɜː(r)l/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehurling
past tensehurled
past participlehurled
  1. 1
    [transitive] to throw something using a lot of force

    Children were hurling snowballs at one another.

    Rioters hurled chairs through the windows.

    1. a.
      to move your body with speed and force in a particular direction, or to be moved in this way

      He hurled himself over the fence and ran.

      We were hurled across the room by the explosion.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to shout at someone in a very angry way
    hurl abuse/insults/accusations at someone:

    The fans began hurling abuse at each other.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly American spoken to vomit

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