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See also: throwdown and throw down


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From the verb phrase throw down. In the fight-related senses, evolved from the older idiom throw down the gauntlet.


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throw-down (plural throw-downs)

  1. (slang) A fight or brawl.
    • 2006, October the 16th: Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet in Heroes, season one, chapter four: Collision, 13th minute
      [speaking to his daughter]: Don’t think you’re getting away with the staying-out-all-night thing. [long pause] There’s gonna be a throw-down when I get home!
  2. (slang) A challenge or incitement to fight.
  3. (slang) A weapon planted at a crime scene in order to mislead investigators.
  4. (slang) The ability to outperform expectations.
    • 2005, J. Anthony White, The Class Conscious Crew: S.W.A., page ?:
      ...she wouldn't mind marrying a man with some serious bank and able to sho-nuf throw-down in the bedroom!