fling

I UK [flɪŋ] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "fling":
present tense I/you/we/they fling he/she/it flings present participle flinging past tense flung UK [flʌŋ] / US past participle flung
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1) to throw something carelessly or with a lot of force
fling something over/across/onto etc:

She flung a book across the room at me.

His coat had been flung over the back of a chair.

2) to move your body or part of your body quickly, and with a lot of force
fling something around/up/back etc:

I flung my arms around him.

fling yourself down/into/onto/to something:

Martin flung himself to the ground to stop the ball.

3) to say something to someone that is intended to hurt them

Don't start flinging accusations just because you're upset.

4) to quickly open a door, window, or curtain
fling something open/back/off:

She flung open the curtains to let in the sunlight.

5) to send someone to a place, or to make them move quickly and with force

The king could have you flung into prison.

He survived unhurt after being flung 25 metres in the crash.

fling someone out (= make them leave):

The management flung them out for causing a disturbance.

fling yourself into/at something — to start doing something with energy or enthusiasm

He flung himself into his work.

Phrasal verbs:
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II UK [flɪŋ] / US noun [countable, usually singular]
Word forms "fling":
singular fling plural flings
1) a sexual relationship that does not last very long, and is not very serious

She had a fling with a car salesman.

2) a short time during which you have a lot of fun, especially before you start doing something more serious

This holiday is my final fling before I start college.


English dictionary. 2014.

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