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Inflections of ' ' ( fling ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) flings v 3rd person singular flinging v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." flung v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." flung v past p verb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 fling /flɪŋ/
USA pronunciation v., flung /flʌŋ/ fling•ing, USA pronunciation n. v.
[~ + object ]
to throw or cast with force, violence, or without care: flung the dishes to the floor.
to move (oneself ) violently or abruptly: flung herself from the room. [~ + oneself ]
to put or send suddenly or without preparation: to fling someone into jail.
to involve (oneself ) actively in an undertaking: He flung himself into writing the book. [~ + oneself ]
to throw aside or off: We flung out a lot of old books. [~ + out + object ]
fling off or to take off, or put on, (one's clothes) quickly and carelessly: [ on, ~ + off/on + obj]: She flung off her clothes and jumped in the shower. I flung on a sweater and left.[ ~ + obj + off/on]: to fling it off. n.
[ countable ]
an act or instance of flinging.
a short period of unrestrained self-indulgence: a last fling before marriage. an attempt at something: took a fling at playwriting. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 fling
(fling), USA pronunciation v., flung, fling•ing, n. v.t.
to throw, cast, or hurl with force or violence: to fling a stone.
to move (oneself ) violently with impatience, contempt, or the like: She flung herself angrily from the room.
to put suddenly or violently: to fling a suspect into jail.
to project or speak sharply, curtly, or forcefully: He flung his answer at the questioner.
to involve (oneself ) vigorously in an undertaking.
to move, do, or say (something) quickly: to fling a greeting in passing.
to send suddenly and rapidly: to fling fresh troops into a battle.
to throw aside or off.
to throw to the ground, as in wrestling or horseback riding. v.i.
to move with haste or violence; rush; dash.
to fly into violent and irregular motions, as a horse; throw the body about, as a person.
to speak harshly or abusively (usually fol. by out): He flung out disgustedly against the whole human race. n.
an act of flinging.
a short period of unrestrained pursuit of one's wishes or desires: The week of partying was my last fling before starting a new job.
an attempt at something: He took a fling at playwriting.
a critical or contemptuous remark; gibe. Music and DanceAlso called Highland fling. a lively Scottish dance characterized by flinging movements of the arms and legs.
1250–1300; Middle English; compare Swedish flänga to fly, race
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fling / flɪŋ/ vb ( )( flings, flinging, flung / flʌŋ/ mainly tr) to throw, esp with force or abandon; hurl or toss to put or send without warning or preparation: to fling someone into jail ( also intr) to move (oneself or a part of the body) with abandon or speed ( ) usually followed by into to apply (oneself) diligently and with vigour (to) to cast aside; disregard: she flung away her scruples n the act or an instance of flinging; toss; throw a period or occasion of unrestrained, impulsive, or extravagant behaviour any of various vigorous Scottish reels full of leaps and turns, such as the Highland fling a trial; try: to have a fling at something different Etymology: 13 th Century: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse flengja to flog, Swedish flänga, Danish flænge ˈflinger n
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