give (something) a fling

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give (something) a fling

:to try (something) without being very serious about it or without worrying about whether or not it will succeed
  • He had always thought about starting his own business, and he decided to give it a fling.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

fling play
  1. : to move in a brusque or headlong manner

  2. : to kick or plunge vigorously

  3. : caper

  1. : an act or instance of flinging

  2. : a casual try or involvement

  3. : a casual or brief love affair


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