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    over = so as to rest on or cover; on or upon: (from

    e.g. (look at this sentence)

    Throw a sheet over the bed.

    I think we lay a sheet over the bed. We actually don't throw. So, does in this sentence the `throw' mean `lay'?

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    Re: throw/lay

    'Throw' is more violently physical than 'lay'. Compare: Don't throw your book on the table!-- Lay it there.

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    Re: throw/lay

    I've heard it used to mean something done in a rushed manner or carelessly.

    "As soon as I throw some dinner together for the kids, we can leave."

    "Throw on some clothes and come for a walk with me!"

    [native speaker, US, not teacher]

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