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Is "throw in X at Y" idiomatic? I am wondering if I am using the phrase idiomatically or not. It's difficult for a non-native English speaker to determine if a phrase is idiomatic or not, so I rather ask it here.

For example:

The writers of the show decided to throw in a bunch of stereotypical evil antagonists at the protagonist of the series to make the show more interesting.

  • You would "throw X at Y." Not throw in. – Ron Jensen Jul 1 at 4:52
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"in"-"at" doesn't go. However, you could use one or the other.

The writers of the show decided to throw a bunch of stereotypical evil antagonists at the protagonist of the series to make the show more interesting.

or

The writers of the show decided to throw in a bunch of stereotypical evil antagonists (to make the show more interesting).

  • Additional examples are “throw in the towel” and “throw something at the wall and see if it sticks”. – whiskeychief Jul 4 at 13:00

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