Ballistics or Throwing Things


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There is a distinction between chucking and throwing: when you chuck a thing away you discard it as being valueless, the word "chuck" being quite a good dictionary word with that meaning; when you " throw " something, you are interested at least in the direction of your throw, if not also in the distance to which you will throw it. You might, of course, also be interested in direction in the act of chucking - you could say, "I'll chuck that in the garbage bin " - but you would hardly stand back and indulge in careful target practice to throw it into the bin from a distance unless your sporting instinct were strongly developed - or the garbage tin contents strongly developed.