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fling

play
verb \ˈfliŋ\

Simple Definition of fling

  • : to throw or push (something) in a sudden and forceful way

  • : to forcefully move (yourself or a part of your body) in a specified way

Full Definition of fling

flung play \ˈfləŋ\ fling·ing play \ˈfliŋ-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move in a brusque or headlong manner <flung out of the room in a rage>

  3. 2 of an animal :  to kick or plunge vigorously

  4. 3 Scottish :  caper

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to throw forcefully, impetuously, or casually <flung herself down on the sofa> <clothes were flung on the floor> b :  to cast as if by throwing <flung off all restraint>

  7. 2 :  to place or send suddenly and unceremoniously <was arrested and flung into prison>

  8. 3 :  to give unrestrainedly <flung himself into music>

fling·er play \ˈfliŋ-ər\ noun

Examples of fling

  1. He flung his shoe across the room.

  2. She flung the door open and stormed into the room.

  3. They flung their hats into the air.

  4. She flung herself into his arms.

  5. He flung his arms around her.

  6. I flung back my head and laughed.

  7. He leaned back and flung his leg over the arm of the chair.

  8. She flung herself onto the couch.



Origin of fling

Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flengja to whip


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of fling

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm <can throw a fastball and a curve>. cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering <cast it to the winds>. toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion <tossed the coat on the bed>. fling stresses a violent throwing <flung the ring back in his face>. hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight <hurled himself at the intruder>. pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target <pitch horseshoes>. sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim <slung the bag over his shoulder>.

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fling

noun

Simple Definition of fling

  • : a brief sexual relationship

  • : a short period of time spent doing enjoyable and exciting things

Full Definition of fling

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of flinging

  2. 2 a :  a casual try or involvement b :  a casual or brief love affair

  3. 3 :  a period devoted to self-indulgence

Examples of fling

  1. She had a fling with her boss.

  2. They had time for one last fling before going back to school.



1556

First Known Use of fling

1556




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