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From Middle English underthrowen, equivalent to under- +‎ throw.


underthrow (third-person singular simple present underthrows, present participle underthrowing, simple past underthrew, past participle underthrown)

  1. To throw a pass that falls short of the receiver. (May take either the thrown pass or the receiver as its direct object.)
    • 1960, December 27, “Joseph M. Sheehan”, in Eagles Win, 17-13, To Take Pro Title[1]:
      The underthrown pass was knocked down.
    • 2008, December 26, “Joshua Robinson”, in Jets Say Third Down Is Their Priority[2]:
      During the Jets’ recent 1-3 slide, Favre has repeatedly missed and underthrown receivers on his way to a single touchdown pass and six interceptions.

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