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The Definition of - fling (noun)

    verb (used with object), flung, flinging.
    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.
    verb (used without object), flung, flinging.
    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 followed by out):
    He flung out disgustedly against the whole human race.
    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.
    Also called Highland fling. a lively Scottish dance characterized by flinging movements of the arms and legs.

Word Example of - fling

    Example Sentences for fling

    Diana of Ephesus is always prepared to fling prudence to the winds for the red-nosed comedian who sits on his hat.

    The quiet heart will be able to fling its whole strength into its work.

    And he that might have thrust you beneath the flood and drowned you there did but fling you into the boat.

    If you fail—and you must fail—you will fling the country into the arms of England.

    There was his own, which he deemed it no excess of chivalry to fling into the gulf.

    Douglas had had his fling, and he returned to the vast Western land older and wiser.

    At school we are taught that it is necessary to fling our arms and legs to and fro for so many hours per diem.

    Whoever has the ball on Tay has to fling it at one of the two men inside the square.

    Should he fling the priceless papers, the warrant for the mastery of the world, into the sea and be done with it?

    He wished that he might fling himself in the dust at her feet.

Word Origin & History of - fling

    Word Origin & History

    fling c.1300, probably from O.N. flengja, of uncertain origin. The M.E. intransitive sense is preserved in phrase have a fling at "make a try." The noun sense of "period of indulgence on the eve of responsibilities" first attested 1827. Meaning "vigorous dance" (associated with the Scottish Highlands) is from 1806. An obsolete word for "streetwalker, harlot" was fling-stink (1679).

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