Antedating of "throw a party"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 26 11:05:35 UTC 2014

OED: 1922, under "throw" v. 18b.

The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta (Volume XL - May 1916 - Number 5 - page 457):

University of California
(No letter received)

Leland Stanford University
California Beta "threw a party" at Menlo Country Club on April 28 which was
one of the best for years. That is what all the reporters say and we fully
agree. Some of the brothers from California Alpha motored down and from
what they said they had a fine time.

It shows up in US university and fraternity magazines in 1919, 1920 and
1922. There's also a 1917 in a story in Good Housekeeping. Links here:


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