In this sentence:

I've throw back a lot of orange juice.

What does to “throw back (orange juice)” mean?

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    In that particular tense, people would say thrown, not throw. A person can throw back juice, or any other drink. If they have done it already, then they have thrown back some before.
    – Orbling
    Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 2:54

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In that particular sentence, it means drunk.

In that the person has "thrown back" a lot of orange juice, thrown the juice to the back of their throat, i.e. tipped their head back and drunk the juice.

  • @Jasper Loy: Yes, it was a bit overly explained. The key difference between saying drunk the juice, and using the phrase thrown back is an indication that it was done quickly.
    – Orbling
    Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 3:07
  • @yozloy: Quite alright, I think the usual crowd must be off this weekend, otherwise there would probably be a better answer!
    – Orbling
    Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 14:46

I believe an alternate, perhaps British term, is to "knock back" (usually a drink).

  1. Throw back or thrown back is definitely a reference to consuming a beverage.
  2. It is also a loose reference to an old reference of the past... "That old song is a throw back".
  3. However, if used by a younger person — say, in a text reference —, it is a common vernacular for paying due deference to a time gone past; remembering nostalgically. For example, teens will send me photos from their Instagram accounts that we had taken when they were younger. Swimming, crafting, painting, water balloon fights etc. The hash tag is always #tbtp which is throwing it back to... and my name. I'm an old gal so it always makes my day!

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