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Throw something back at someone vs Throw something back to someone

throw something back at someone

1. return smth. by throwing it at a person, usually with a hostile intent:

  • When I once threw a radio at him, instead of throwing it back at me he picked it up and started replacing the tubes.

2. remind a person unkindly of the wrong things he has said or done:

  • Last night I realized how I was abused. Mistakes were thrown back at me, not once, but several times for the same thing…

throw something back to someonereturn smth. by throwing it at a person:

  • I don’t know how he anticipated me being there, but he threw the ball back to me. It was a perfect throw.