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What is more common in the game of "Rock, Paper and Scissors"?

She drew out scissors.

She threw out scissors.

She tossed out scissors.

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    She chose scissors. She picked scissors. She held out scissors – Smock Jun 25 at 9:03
  • I agree with @smock here. Threw out and tossed out, although ok, imply that she lost contact with them (i.e. threw away). Drew makes more sense, as one might draw a gun, but in this context, it does sound like she didn't have a choice. I.e. Drew the short straw. – Bee Jun 25 at 9:18
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    @Bee I'm not sure "throw out" is bad. For example, in a game of cards I might "throw out an ace." This need not mean to throw away; here, "out" means that the card, once hidden in my hand, is now out in the world, revealed. I can imagine someone "throwing out Scissors." – TypeIA Jun 25 at 11:46
  • @TypeIA, I wasn't saying it always means away, I just mean it implies letting go of the thing. As I said, they are both ok just to my ear they are more likely used when letting go, e.g. in your example :) – Bee Jun 25 at 11:50
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The question was answered in the comments.

She chose scissors. She picked scissors. She held out scissors – Smock

and

Threw out and tossed out, although ok, imply that she lost contact with them (i.e. threw away). Drew makes more sense, as one might draw a gun, but in this context, it does sound like she didn't have a choice. I.e. Drew the short straw. – Bee

Agreed.

  • I might be inclined to remove the word "out" and use "She threw scissors" – Ron Jensen Jun 30 at 17:01

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