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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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