I came across the following dialogue in an American TV show, but I do not understand the parts in bold.

(A is a 40-year-old divorced woman who is trying to hide her real age and pretends to be 26; she couldn’t afford her house in New Jersey and the bank has foreclosed on it. B is a friend of A. Josh likes A and thinks she is 26)

[A and B are in a car. A is driving. A receives a text on her phone]

A: Will you check that for me?
B: Ooh, hotty hotpants alert. It’s from Josh.

[The text from Josh says: “don't make me wait till tomorrow, come over tonight”]

A: Oh, nice. What should I text back?
B: How about, “The escrow on my suburban New Jersey home is closed, and I’m on my way to tag everything for the movers”?
A: Why not throw in the fact that I’m 40 and a baby’s head came out of my Frida? [laughs]

I’m guessing throw in the fact that means ‘telling the fact directly’, but I’m not sure it’s really throw in + the fact. Am I misunderstanding this?

When I looked up escrow in the dictionary, I got the following definition:

Money, property, a deed, or a bond put into the custody of a third party for delivery to a grantee only after the fulfillment of the conditions specified.

I’m guessing it must have another meaning here than what I found, because how can money be closed? What does it mean that the escrow is closed?

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    Throw in + the fact that.... Voting to close as gen-ref – Tushar Raj May 19 '15 at 13:20
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    There is a place for English language learners: ell.stackexchange.com – GEdgar May 19 '15 at 13:43
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    @puputeh24 It’s not a question of where you like it, but of where the question fits. The basic criterion to distinguish where it fits best is would a native English speaker with no special grammatical/linguistic training know and be able to explain the answer to this question? If the answer is yes, then it’s a question for English Language Learners; if not, it’s probably a better fit here. This case is sort of right on the border: any English speaker will understand what is meant, but not everyone will be able to explain exactly why. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 19 '15 at 14:02
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    @starsplusplus Yeah, I did read the rules (including some research) here before posting and coming back from ELL. It makes me cry that like a case where a teacher tells his student. You can't ask your question. – puputeh24 May 19 '15 at 14:11
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    Think of it this way. If you were in a maths class and someone started asking lots of geography questions, it would take up a lot of the teacher's time, and waste the time of the other students, who are there to learn maths. Maybe the maths students would even stop attending if it kept happening, because they can't learn any maths, because all the teacher's time is being spent answering the questions about geography. What the teacher should do instead is to say, "I'm sorry, please come to my geography class and I'll answer your geography questions then. Right now, I have to teach maths." (...) – starsplusplus May 19 '15 at 14:26

"To throw in" means to "add something to the mix" usually rather carelessly, without giving it much thought or planning.

The cookie batter looks tasty, but could you throw in some raisins?

I was telling him all about our cross-country trip, and threw in how you got a speeding ticket in Kansas.


Be aware that the term escrow has several uses. At its most basic level it refers to funds or other goods held by a trusted third party to insure compliance by the two main parties to a transaction. Investopedia explains.

But in real estate the usage varies by state in the US, all based somewhat on the simple definition above. When you see a TV show or movie that says something like "my escrow closed" you can assume it was written / filmed in California, where the term has a specific meaning not common in the eastern part of the US. This article covers that usage. If that link rots, google "escrow closing in California".

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