"Throw" during a bout


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context: To this day, historians can only find one instance where Lincoln was bested during a match. It occurred while he was a part of the Illinois Volunteers during the Black Hawk War of 1832, when a man named Hank Thompson became the only man to actually throw Lincoln during a bout for his regiment's championship.

Is it in its liter sense of To hurl from hand?

But how does throwing your opponent during a bout makes you win the fight? It doesn't make sense to me.
  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    Yes, it means he threw him off his feet.

    If you can throw your opponent down you then have a chance to pin him to the mat, which is how you win.
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