present participle of swing

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1 to change one's course or direction
  • thinking that we were being followed, we abruptly swung to the left at the next intersection
  • swing right at James St.

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2 to change the course or direction of (something)
  • at the sound of gunfire, the cavalry officer swung his horse around and galloped rapidly back to the fort

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4 to move (something) in a curved or circular path on or as if on an axis
  • he swung the bat as hard as he could but he missed the ball
  • don't let the wind swing that gate shut

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5 to place on an elevated point without support from below
  • beach towels swung up to dry on the lifeguard's high chair

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6 to have enough money for
  • I don't think that we can swing that hefty a mortgage

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The first known use of swinging was in 1956

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“Swinging.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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