Calqued on Afrikaans gooi (iemand) met (iets)
, literally ‘throw (someone) with (something)’, resulting in the replacement of the standard English ‘throw
+ object (thing thrown) + at
+ person or thing hit’ with the construction ‘throw
+ object (person or thing hit) + with
+ thing thrown’.] In the phrase to throw (someone) with (something), to throw (something) at (someone); occasionally to throw (someone), see quotation 1908.
- Less common among first-language speakers of English than among those who speak English as a second language.
[1851 T. Shone Diary. 24 JuneThis evening..the young lads and lasses were playing about Henry’s Hut throwing at one or the other with sods or anything else they could lay hold of.]
1888 Cape Punch
18 Apr. 23Translate into English:..He threw me with a stone.., I never did it.
1891 J.P. Legg in Cape Illust. Mag. I.
95It is superfluous to mention that horror of the teacher of English ‘he threw me with a stone.’
1892 The Jrnl 16 Jan. 3He retreated a little way and picked up stones, saying he would throw her dead with stones.
1894 E. Glanville Fair Colonist
229‘Little boy,’ said Ada, sweetly, ‘I whipped you once. Do you remember why?’ ‘Because I throwed you with plum-pips.’ ‘Well, it is worse to “throw me with” words.’
1908 J.H. Drummond Diary. 27 Oct.While I was bowling a boy threw me against the knee.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms
498Throw with, To, This is another form of expression common in the Midland Districts, and also due to the influence of Dutch: e.g. ‘He threw me with a stone,’ ‘He threw me over the hedge with a rock’. The omission of the preposition makes the sentence, to English ears, a very curious one.
Nov. 19The living are throwing me with things. I know, I know..but it is dangerous, they will kill me.
1972 R. Malan Ah Big Yaws
51Thrawwim withers tone [throw him with a stone]...Other people may encourage their compatriots to do damage by throwing things (stones, bottles or insults) at someone else. In South Africa, apparently, it’s the victim who is thrown, together with the missile. Another alarming prospect..is the cry common among schoolboys..‘Thrawwim onnis het!’ [throw him on his head].
1974 B. Simon Joburg, Sis!
106The other day she was chasing her little brother because he threw her with a stone.
1987 Informant, Grahamstown (now Makhanda, Eastern Cape)Did you hear some woman threw PW with a rotten tomato?
1990 Sunday Times
11 Feb. 12The Naboomspruit Recorder’s headline of the incident..read: ‘Mike Gatting — Demos throw him with a stone’.