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When you need me, you throw me away.
But when you’re done with me, you bring me back.

What am I?


This is not one of my riddles. If anyone knows who created this riddle, I would be delighted to hear it!

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It could be

an anchor

because

an anchor's purpose is to hold a ship in place. To do that, it has to be dropped. When the ship is leaving, the anchor is pulled back up.

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Is it a

Fishing Net

because

when you need to use it you throw it in the water, and when caught enough fishes you pull it back.

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You are a;

Dart

When you need me, you throw me away.

You throw it to hit the target

But when you’re done with me, you bring me back.

When it is end of your turn, you pull your dart back from the target

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You're a lifebuoy.

When you need me, you throw me away.

To someone who is drowning.

But when you’re done with me, you bring me back.

Together with saved person.

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I wonder why noone had my first idea - it is a

spear

because

you throw it when you need it for hunt, and bring it back home when you're done.

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An anchor of a ship.

Because

We throw it off the ship to stop and pull it in to move.

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F" posted this answer an hour before you – Bishop Mar 30 at 13:42
    
So? That's why we have spoilers for. Write what comes to your mind – LearningPhase Mar 30 at 13:44
    
The spoilers are there so that people don't have to see the solution before trying the puzzle themselves, not so that they don't have to see other answers before posting their own. – Bishop Mar 30 at 13:51
    
Did not see the solution – LearningPhase Mar 30 at 13:51
    
There are 4 more solutions at the same time I posted – LearningPhase Mar 30 at 13:52

While the popular answer to this well-known riddle is

an anchor on a ship.

I would like to offer an alternative that works just as well. I think the subject of this riddle is

a kite.

When you want to play with a kite, you will throw it away from you to get it flying. When you are done playing, you reel it back in.

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It is an

arrow

When you need me, you throw me away.

You throw an arrow when you need it for hunting or shooting something.

But when you’re done with me, you bring me back.

You get it back then for reusing it.

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I guess this isn't the intended answer, but it could be

yo-yo

because

a yo-yo is thrown when one wants to use it, and is brought back when one is done playing with it.

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It could be:

A throwing toy for dogs (like a tennis ball)?

When you need me, you throw me away.

You throw the toy/ball away for your dog to fetch.

But when you’re done with me, you bring me back.

When you're done playing with your dog, you'll take the toy back home.


Alternative 1:

Artificial fishing bait

When you need me, you throw me away.

When you are fishing you cast your line with the fishing bait at the end of it.

But when you're done with me, you bring me back.

When you are done fishing, you bring the fishing bait back again for next time


Alternative 2:

Throwing knife (or any kind of throwing weapon)

When you need me, you throw me away.

You throw the knife to attack - hence the name throwing knife ;)

But when you're done with me, you bring me back.

When you are done (with the fight), you sheathe your knifes again.

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