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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theythrow up
he/she/itthrows up
present participlethrowing up
past tensethrew up
past participlethrown up
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] informal if you throw up or throw something up, food and drink comes back up from your stomach and out of your mouth
    I feel terrible – I’ve been throwing up all night!
  2. 2
    [transitive] British to produce something new or unexpected
    This system has thrown up a few problems.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to cause something such as dust or water to rise into the air
    The car wheels threw up a shower of stones.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to build something such as a house quickly and not very well
    A wall was hastily thrown up to provide some shelter.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to suddenly leave something such as your job or your home
    They threw up the whole city lifestyle.
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