throw back
verb Date: 1840 transitive verb 1. to delay the progress or advance of ; check 2. to cause to rely ; make dependent <
they are thrown back upon…native intelligence — Michael Novak
3. reflect intransitive verb to revert to an earlier type or phase

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Throw back — Throw back, v. i. to revert to an ancestral type or character. A large proportion of the steerage passengers throw back to their Darwinian ancestry. The Century. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throw|back — «THROH BAK», noun. 1. a throwing back. 2. a setback or check. 3. a) a reversion to an ancestral type or character. b) an example of this: »The boy seemed to be a throwback to his great grandfather …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw back — index reflect (mirror), repulse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • throw back — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms throw back : present tense I/you/we/they throw back he/she/it throws back present participle throwing back past tense threw back past participle thrown back 1) to push the covers on a bed away from you quickly …   English dictionary

  • throw back — verb throw back with a quick, light motion (Freq. 1) She tossed back her head • Syn: ↑toss back • Hypernyms: ↑flip, ↑toss, ↑sky, ↑pitch …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw back — phr verb Throw back is used with these nouns as the object: ↑cover, ↑duvet, ↑head, ↑sheet, ↑shutter …   Collocations dictionary

  • throw back — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you throw something back at a person, you remind them of something bad they did in the past, in order to upset them. [V n P at n] I should never have told you that. I knew you d throw it back at me. [Also V P at n n] 2) PHRASAL …   English dictionary

  • throw back — verb a) to throw something back (such as a fish that has been caught for sport) b) to hinder the development of something See Also: throwback …   Wiktionary

  • throw back — v. (B) she threw the ball back to me * * * [ θrəʊ bæk] (B) she threw the ball back to me …   Combinatory dictionary

  • throw back — 1. Reject, refuse. 2. Retort, rebuff, cast back …   New dictionary of synonyms

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