Definition of fling in English:

fling

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Throw or hurl forcefully.

    ‘he picked up the debris and flung it away’
    ‘she flung herself down on his bed’
    figurative ‘I was flung into jail’
    • ‘The boots were next to go, and those were flung in different directions with dull thuds.’
    • ‘When he had flung those, another two formed and they were thrown as well.’
    • ‘Azyra snapped out of her trance just in time she scrambled away from the light just before it silently detonated with enough force to fling her from the fire escape.’
    • ‘The troll flung these in every direction until the present was laid bare before him.’
    • ‘Without gravity, we would be immediately flung into outer space at l, 000 miles per hour.’
    • ‘With that, he flung Bort over his shoulder and threw him against a wall.’
    • ‘He is thrown backward and his rifle has been flung out of his hand.’
    • ‘Ken arrived at the front door, which had always denied his presence and flung him back forcefully if he dared touch it.’
    • ‘Billy was then flung back to when he was twelve years old, visiting the rim of the Grand Canyon.’
    • ‘Landing by Sabetha they grabbed her shoulders and flipped her over flinging her against a tree.’
    • ‘The books I had were opened and flung far across the room.’
    • ‘The creature roared again, and Aligore was suddenly flung to the ground.’
    • ‘But any comet daring enough to pass close to Jupiter gets flung out in a new direction.’
    • ‘She flung the two pieces at Stella and threw the scrapbook on the floor.’
    • ‘His head spinning, the impact of the collision threw Tobias from his spot on the ladder and flung him against the other bookshelf.’
    • ‘Guests are enthralled with bartenders who flip bottles, toss some glasses and fling a few mixing sets.’
    • ‘All of the members of the Melody crouched, throwing their hands over their heads to fling away the flying debris.’
    • ‘Yet they cannot stand the heat of scrutiny, nor even some of the mud they throw being flung back at them.’
    • ‘Stones and debris had been flung up on to the grassy area.’
    • ‘She looked like a limp doll, contorted and abused and violently flung aside.’
    throw, toss, sling, hurl, cast, pitch, lob, bowl, launch, flip, shy, send, propel, project, aim, direct, catapult, fire, send flying, let fly with
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    1. 1.1 Move or push (something) suddenly or violently.
      ‘he flung back the bedclothes’
      with object and complement ‘Jennifer flung open a door’
      • ‘She would stop, peek in a door, and then either fling it wide open or close it and move on.’
      • ‘Taking off my gloves, I ran to the front door and flung it open.’
      • ‘My fangs glistened as I stalked to the door and flung it open.’
      • ‘Slipping to the door he flung it open and rushed for the bathroom.’
      • ‘He jumped up from his desk, ran to the door and flung it open.’
      • ‘He breathed deeply and then flung open his laptop's lid, turning the computer on.’
      • ‘Lidgerwood violently flung the flap of the tent open, his groggy mind struggling to make sense of all this, trying to place him.’
      • ‘PJ stepped back and jump kicked the door flinging it open.’
      • ‘On returning a drunken someone would make it back to the door, fling it open and stagger through it, forgetting to shut it at all.’
      • ‘He stopped and flung his car door open before storming back to the van, shouting.’
      • ‘Wrenching the door knob violently, she flings the door open and is met with stunned glances from two suited businessmen.’
      • ‘He flung his tail upward and made Victor fly right into his hands.’
      • ‘I angrily swipe my access card, watch the light on the lock turn green, and put my weight into opening the door, flinging it out of my way.’
      • ‘She flings out her hands to break her fall, slips, and crashes to the ground.’
      • ‘Evan ran to the door and flung it open letting the cool air wash over me.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the door was flung open and the Duke of Rivenston strode inside.’
      • ‘Abigail flung a hand into her hair, brushing it back, and glaring.’
      • ‘Pete had had his fingers entwined in her red locks and she had let her hands roam his back when the door was suddenly flung open.’
      • ‘The storeowner bounded to the door and flung it open, running out into the street.’
      • ‘An arm was flung over my shoulder and I shrugged it off.’
    2. 1.2fling oneself into Start or engage in (an activity or enterprise) with great energy and enthusiasm.
      ‘he flung himself into his athletics’
      • ‘One reader wrote to say she was training as a foster-parent; and Mary Stott, a great woman's editor, flung herself into women's causes and founded the Association of Widows.’
      • ‘And so it was that two figures, one whose brutally short red hair fluttered in the breeze and the other whose blond mane marked him as a sea-raider, flung themselves into a final combat.’
      • ‘They flung themselves into the work in an uncalculating way.’
      • ‘Buoyed by that, Rovers flung themselves into the contest again.’
      • ‘Crossleyans realised that one score would put them right back in the match and flung themselves into attack with both wingers prominent.’
      • ‘They have lately flung themselves into the practice of being - if just a little - up against it.’
      • ‘But it's not often that you see a genuine superpower fling itself into such a total policy fiasco.’
      • ‘But he is the quondam atheist who has flung himself into Opus Dei.’
      • ‘More than a few Scots will fling themselves into the frozen fray as Winter Olympians for Team GB this fortnight in Salt Lake City.’
      • ‘Marching in a demonstration, by contrast, is among the most active forms of participation in political life. Demonstrators have bestirred themselves, put off other plans, braved the elements, flung themselves into action.’
      • ‘When she got home she flung herself into the ‘getting ready’ process with enthusiasm.’
      • ‘Time and time again, Kennedy, McNamara Varga, Agathe and Thompson flung themselves into last ditch tackles and won.’
      • ‘He rarely rode for himself, but flung himself into solely helping his team leader.’
      • ‘He kicked up his heels and flung himself into the carefree life of a bachelor.’
      • ‘Pete's cousin had died from an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy and, with his usual enthusiasm, Pete flung himself into setting up this new charity.’
      • ‘Even she is hilarious with the way she flings herself into the part of a poor girl determined never to go back again.’
      • ‘Robertson has flung himself into the challenge, which he sees as an opportunity to improve his coaching credentials.’
      • ‘True to the tradition of convent-educated girls in fiction, Aurora flings herself into a voluptuous life of lunches and lovers.’
      • ‘Inspired, Kumar flung himself into high-altitude mountaineering and began racking up notable achievements.’
      • ‘So long as there was a wall round the cliff's edge they could fling themselves into every frantic game and make the place the noisiest of nurseries.’
    3. 1.3no object, with adverbial of direction Go quickly and angrily.
      ‘Lisa had flung out of the house without so much as a glance at him’
      • ‘Meta flung back quickly and landed on the floor, dust flying everywhere.’

noun

  • 1A short period of enjoyment or wild behaviour.

    ‘one final fling before a tranquil retirement’
    • ‘Grain prices took their customary nosedive after last year's brief upward fling.’
    • ‘The inspection fitters said there had been some talk of a get together among the workers - a final fling as a group of workers.’
    • ‘Except good sense tells me I should enjoy this last fling, and by all means see Montana.’
    • ‘As far as memorable moments go, the final fling of the Westmorland Orchestra concert season promises to be a real gem in the ensemble's diamond jubilee year.’
    • ‘Jeb's story is a quieter one, more of the daily routine of life than of the weekend flings.’
    • ‘But a funny thing happened this week: in our final fling for the year, the props came pouring in from all over, and suddenly, this whole enterprise doesn't seem quite so otiose.’
    • ‘While most trips last one or two weeks, everything from a weekend fling to a monthlong sojourn is possible.’
    • ‘Again, we have a wild fling, in which the supplies of the last year are consumed.’
    • ‘Performance coach Meg Ritchie is delighted that Liz has come out of retirement for a final fling at an arena close enough to ensure a sizeable contingent of home fans will cheer her to the echo.’
    • ‘What was unexpected, amazingly, gloriously unexpected was the way the game's elder statesmen had one final fling.’
    • ‘He then had a spectacularly-unsuccessful stint as coach of a poor Lakers team in 1994 before his final fling as a player in 1996.’
    • ‘All the indications are, though, that this is his final fling.’
    • ‘Besides, the spring fling at the Fairgrounds forgave everyone and everything, rain or shine.’
    • ‘Saturday's point gives them added insurance against a final fling from George Burley's Tractor Boys but even the ever-optimistic Holdsworth is playing it safe.’
    • ‘Tottenham wooed him again, in 1997-8, for one final fling.’
    • ‘For Yorke, who is now 36 years old, it was a final fling for both him and his illustrious friend.’
    • ‘He is satisfied with his lot even if the rot will set in soon and the freshness is pure deception lasting no longer than cherry blossoms tossed on snow when north winds are enjoying their final fling.’
    • ‘Although no-one knew it at the time, the 1993 tour was to be the last of the old school, the final fling of an amateur era extending back for a century and more.’
    • ‘But if you're looking for a game that'll be more than a weekend fling, look elsewhere.’
    • ‘It's trick or treat for Halloween, the last night of summer on the last night of the month, traditionally the time when the spirits of the dead are allowed a final fling before winter sets in.’
    good time, binge, spree, bit of fun, bit of amusement, night on the town
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    1. 1.1 A short, spontaneous sexual relationship.
      ‘I had a fling with someone when I was at college’
      • ‘I don't care if they were cringeworthy flings or epic romances, or a little of both; that's beside the point.’
      • ‘Did Julie think that this was just a casual fling?’
      • ‘I've had a few short flings in that time, but the most recent was two years ago.’
      • ‘It appears like you're looking for a fling or a casual sexual relationship, but it's not that simple.’
      • ‘She has had five serious relationships the rest have all been short flings, one-nighters and so on.’
      • ‘Or was it just one last fling before your wedding night?’
      • ‘I had a little quick one-night fling during our hiatus, and I have to admit that I enjoyed it.’
      • ‘Her pregnancy is the result of a brief fling with ex-husband, Gavin.’
      • ‘His extra-marital flings were always famed.’
      • ‘As the film's title suggests, however, theirs is a summer fling.’
      • ‘I had a few flings in college, more sexual partners than he did, and he has a problem with this.’
      • ‘I'm just a casual fling on the side?’
      • ‘One more bit here: she has a history of cutting off short flings and then not seeing those people again.’
      • ‘Adam and Louise had enjoyed a brief fling in the past and there was still an attraction between them.’
      • ‘He didn't understand how some people could just want flings and other short relationships just for the sex.’
      • ‘"Casual flings can be very, very sweet, Nadia."’
      • ‘I even had a few wild flings with a couple of nice guys, but things always seemed to go south when it came to relationships.’
      • ‘I'd hate this to be a one-night fling.’
      • ‘Their affair is just a summer fling, he tells his mother - nothing serious.’
      • ‘If a long-lasting relationship develops out of the fling, so be it.’
      affair, love affair, relationship, romance, flirtation, dalliance, liaison, entanglement, romantic entanglement, involvement, attachment, affair of the heart, intrigue
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    short for Highland fling

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘go violently’): perhaps related to Old Norse flengja ‘flog’. The main verb sense is based on an earlier sense ‘reckless movement of the body’ and dates from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation

fling

/flɪŋ/