throwing it down

Margaret Lee mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Apr 7 18:28:11 UTC 2005

Actually, the "correct" phrase is "throw down," rather than "throw _it_ down."

Orin Hargraves <orinkh at CARR.ORG> wrote:
Can anyone shed any light on the origins and vintage of this idiom to mean
"perform admirably," or something along those lines?

I find

"Trojans throw it down" as the headline of a basketball story in which one
team (the Trojans) routed another.


"Busting rhymes and throwing it down" as a headline in a Jerusalem Post story
about a freestyle rap forum.


Orin Hargraves

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