Definition of swing in English:



  • 1Move or cause to move back and forth or from side to side while suspended or on an axis.

    [no object] ‘her long black skirt swung about her legs’
    [with object] ‘a priest began swinging a censer’
    ‘local girls with their castanets and their swinging hips’
    • ‘The cupboard door swung shut and Paula poured coffee into the mug she'd selected him.’
    • ‘Esther Johnson shook her head, gold earrings swinging against her skin.’
    • ‘Her hand dropped to the side, swinging back and forth.’
    • ‘The male pulled a chair closer to my bedside and hung the lamp from a hook above the bed, the shadows oscillating as it swung gently.’
    • ‘When the door had swung shut behind him, he came to a halt and looked around.’
    • ‘As the doors swing open, people begin streaming in.’
    • ‘The side closest the rope swung freely back and forth, held only by a rope that connected the bridge to the thick tree branch above.’
    • ‘Her brown hair was sharply cut off below her chin and swung freely around matching brown eyes encircled by tanned skin.’
    • ‘She walked with her toes pointed in so that her skirt would swing from side to side like a bell and smiled coquettishly.’
    • ‘She glanced over at the hammock swinging in the wind and sat down in it, rocking slightly.’
    • ‘After them, the great doors swung shut and horns sounded.’
    • ‘The heavy black oak door swung to behind me with a muffled moan of protesting hinges.’
    • ‘She sat on a branch, leaning her head against the trunk and laughing, her legs swinging lazily below her.’
    • ‘I could see the shed in the distance, and I watched in horror as the door began to swing shut.’
    • ‘I yelled, but he was gone, the doors swinging shut behind him.’
    • ‘She sighed and put her hands behind her back and swung back in forth in boredom while she waited for the two to finish up what they were doing.’
    • ‘Drawing closer, she noticed with a growing sense of dread the open doors, swinging back and forth in the gusts of bitter wind.’
    • ‘The litter was carried through the entrance, and the door was swung shut behind them.’
    • ‘She tickled Elissa's cheek with her finger and sashayed away, her silky black hair swinging from side to side.’
    • ‘A dozen sixth-years poured out from the far end, their lanterns swinging haphazardly from their jarring gait.’
    sway, oscillate, move back and forth, move to and fro, wave, wag, dangle, rock, flutter, flap, vibrate, quiver
    brandish, wave, flourish, wield, raise, shake, wag, twirl
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    1. 1.1[with object]Turn (a ship or aircraft) to all compass points in succession, in order to test compass error.
      • ‘The Compass Engineer will swing the ship through the major compass points and determine the deviation on each point.’
      • ‘Before the ship puts to sea, it is swung through the complete circle from 0° to 360°.’
      • ‘Much importance is also attached to the swinging of ships in dock before going to sea.’
    2. 1.2informal [no object]Be executed by hanging.
      ‘now he was going to swing for it’
      • ‘It wasn't a hanging offence but he swung for it anyway.’
      • ‘He will swing for it next week, unless a petition for his life takes effect.’
      • ‘Nobody should get away with planting a bomb in a public place without swinging for it.’
  • 2[no object] Move by grasping a support from below and leaping.

    ‘we swung across like two trapeze artists’
    ‘the Irishman swung himself into the saddle’
    • ‘Others never quite take the leap, unable to climb the ladder and unwilling to swing off the trapeze platform.’
    • ‘He swung himself out of bed and dressed hastily.’
    • ‘He trudged on up and snagging the reins to his horse, swung in one smooth motion into the saddle.’
    • ‘He swung into the saddle on the first try, waved at some of the drovers, and headed back to camp.’
    • ‘Tom leaned away from the sign, sauntered back to his truck and swung up into the cab.’
    • ‘He tied a rope to a limb and would swing out, leap into the air and land, usually, on his feet.’
    • ‘Pulling his last pistol from his belt, he grabbed a line to swing himself over.’
    • ‘Gripping the supports, I swung out above the water, the air heavy and damp, the sky grey.’
    • ‘Gwen checked the girth, pulled down the stirrups and quickly swung into the saddle.’
    1. 2.1Move quickly around to the opposite direction.
      ‘Ronni had swung around to face him’
      • ‘I swung around quickly to see Trent riding by with the windows down and stereo blasting.’
      • ‘Dan swung round on his chair so quickly he almost fell off.’
      • ‘The thought causes Julia to grimace for a moment until a figure swings round in front of her.’
      • ‘I push the tiller across and as the boat swings round I stand up and move across the boat.’
      • ‘On the final approach to the climb the road turns sharply back on itself and, just when I need it most, the wind which has been in my face all day swings round to assist me.’
      • ‘She jumped, shrieking as she quickly swung around to face her addresser.’
      • ‘An officer grabbed him and as he swung round, his arm connected with the officer's jaw, she said.’
    2. 2.2Move with a rhythmic swaying gait.
      ‘the riflemen swung along smartly’
      • ‘Cath got to school at around seven thirty and swung along to the main office.’
      • ‘He whistled and hummed old tunes as he swung along.’
      • ‘If your gait swings so that your feet are pointed outward or inward, you may end up with the duck or the pigeon-toed walking styles.’
      stride, march, sweep
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  • 3[with adverbial of direction] Move or cause to move in a smooth, curving line.

    [with object] ‘he swung her bag up onto the rack’
    [no object] ‘the cab swung into the parking lot’
    • ‘Rayenne packed up her books, and swung her bag over one shoulder.’
    • ‘He grabbed the bag up quickly and swung his leg out the window.’
    • ‘Before the war, he used to be seen jumping from the local bus as it swung round the corner near his home.’
    • ‘There was an altercation between pedestrians and the occupants of the car before it swung round the roundabout and hit him.’
    • ‘Wearily, Ryan unzipped his sleeping bag and swung his legs over the edge of the bed.’
    • ‘I unzip my bag, swing my legs and feet to the floor, and dress.’
    • ‘The attacker swung the bag and stick at Mr Bright, who raised his arm in defence.’
    • ‘I swing my bag onto my arm and move off towards the front gate to catch my bus.’
    • ‘The van swings sharply round a corner and stops in front of a large cream coloured prefabricated building.’
    • ‘He recoiled revealing another who swung his gun into line with me.’
    • ‘She swung the bags over her back, making to leave, then she stopped and turned back, remembering to get Gabriel's gift to her.’
    • ‘I swing round a corner and spot what I think is a duck pond at the end of the street.’
    • ‘I lift the jacket off the hook, and with one smooth motion swing it over my shoulders and push my arms through the sleeves.’
    • ‘I swung my swim bag over my shoulder and headed out after Mark and Anna.’
    • ‘Scratching himself, he swung round his flannel pajama clad legs and planted them onto the floor.’
    • ‘In her haste, Hailey had carelessly swung the bag into her vanity table, sending its various contents flying this way and that.’
    • ‘Sam quickly swung into the driveway and cut the engine and the lights, his eyes never leaving the rear view mirror.’
    • ‘She swung the bag lightly onto the floor and unzipped it and took out the note.’
    • ‘She carefully walked her bike over to the starting line and swung her leg so she was straddling the bike.’
    • ‘I swung my bag off the balcony and slowly calmed down, trying not to breath in the scent of the flowers.’
    1. 3.1[with object]Bring down (something held) with a curving movement, typically in order to hit an object.
      ‘I swung the club and missed the ball’
      • ‘He first suggested he might skip the Masters in January, when his lower back caused problems swinging the club.’
      • ‘Often these causes are things you may do before you actually swinging the club, like an incorrect grip and bad posture.’
      • ‘In one fluid motion Carlotta swung the torch and clubbed Don Antonio as hard as she could over the head.’
      • ‘Another guard, almost fully restored, swung his club at Will, who merely ducked, turned, and stood up.’
      • ‘I swung my stick and brought it across my body and made contact with the player's stick and the puck.’
      • ‘See the target, swing the club and wait for the applause.’
      • ‘The more athletic your set-up then the less chance you have of putting strain on your back when you swing the club.’
      • ‘To make solid contact, Bob had to turn his left shoulder more horizontally, swinging the club more around his body than up and down.’
      • ‘But then, instead of swinging the club back, simply bring it to the halfway position I've described.’
      • ‘‘I played awful golf on the front nine and have not swung the club as badly for a very long time,’ he admitted.’
      • ‘Considering that you can also shift your body weight when you swing your clubs, the options to pick a distinctive tee shot are almost infinite.’
      • ‘You want to handle it, try a few casts with it, in the way that a golfer wants to swing a new club or a cricketer feels the weight of a bat.’
      • ‘Adopt a similar kind of consistent motion before swinging the club.’
      • ‘He looked at my stiff posture and how I held and swung the club.’
      • ‘He swung his club in frustration and hit a spectator's knee.’
      • ‘Alexander jumped over the club and swung his sword down as he fell down.’
      • ‘Paul now plays using the word rhythm as his only thought when swinging the club, which is fantastic.’
      • ‘It was too late to stop and as my racket was brought down, John swung his racket face up under the high speed shot.’
      • ‘He told me it felt like a weight had been taken off his shoulders and he could actually go and swing the club and enjoy practicing again.’
      • ‘I've played off and on since my 3 and a half years in Canada, but haven't swung a club for probably 5 years now.’
    2. 3.2[no object]Attempt to hit or punch, typically with a wide curving movement of the arm.
      ‘he swung at me with the tire iron’
      • ‘The publican told the court that he did grab Mrs O'Leary when she tried to hit him, stating he caught her by her wrists when she swung at him.’
      • ‘And she swung at me again, missed, and smacked herself in the nose.’
      • ‘He turned to see a man jogging, but when he tried to cross the road the jogger swung at him with a blunt instrument.’
      • ‘She grumbled, swinging at him, knowing well that he would catch her punch before it even came close to landing.’
      • ‘The man, missing him, swung at him again, this time just making contact with his waist, causing a very minor injury.’
      • ‘He ducked as she swung at him then lunged upward, throwing a hard punch at her jaw.’
      • ‘‘I ran out at him, stood up on the wall and swung at him to thump him,’ said Mr Delker.’
      • ‘The best case scenario of swinging at a cop is you miss while his head is turned and he doesn't see it.’
      • ‘About the earlier incident, he claimed that she swung at him and fell accidentally when he had put his hand up to defend himself.’
      • ‘He missed, then swung at him again and hit his waist, but it did not cause any injury.’
      • ‘The leader swung at him, but Jack stepped around the punch and jammed the knife in the man's spine.’
      • ‘The jury heard he had told police on April 16, 2001, that Price swung at him and missed before the pair had a struggle.’
    3. 3.3[with object]Throw (a punch) with a swinging movement.
      ‘she swung a punch at him’
      • ‘Teera raised her face to him and then swung a full blow with both hands at him, striking him in the jaw and sending him sprawling.’
      • ‘I mean, perhaps the prisoner had himself swung a punch around the corner where you couldn't see it.’
      • ‘He was getting up, and was just about to swing a punch at her.’
      • ‘Price gave evidence that Mr Parsons became aggressive and swung a punch at him and all he did afterwards was try to defend himself.’
      • ‘He called out with war cries as he swung deadly blows to all who came near him.’
      • ‘Marcus swung a vicious blow at Richard's head that would have knocked him out if he hadn't quickly ducked.’
      • ‘Not sure I believe him, but clearly nobody is expecting me to swing a punch.’
      • ‘Elisa swung a punch at his shoulder, and he didn't bother dodging.’
      • ‘Daniel swung a punch at Jay, who only blocked it, even though it hurt when it hit his arm.’
      • ‘I sat up, startled, as if someone had come and swung a punch into my stomach.’
      • ‘I swung a punch at her but she grabbed my fist and kicked me in the side where I had been stabbed.’
      • ‘He swung a final punch at another officer but he was too weak to cause any real severe injuries to him.’
      • ‘Kira turned on heel and toe, swinging a tremendous blow and striking the other man square in the back.’
      • ‘The teenager said he was only acting in self-defence when the youth swung a punch at him.’
      • ‘He swung a punch at him but Aidan dodged and pushed him to the ground.’
      • ‘Twisting, jumping, ducking; each time he moved he swung a new blow.’
      • ‘He said the man stood up, confronted Crook and swung a punch at his client, and a scuffle started.’
      • ‘He swung a punch at her face causing her to fall and then grabbed her by the coat, dragging her along and spitting at her.’
      • ‘Are you so proud that you could swing a few punches in a bar full of drunkards?’
      • ‘She swung a powerful blow to the side, stumbling from its momentum.’
  • 4Shift or cause to shift from one opinion, mood, or state of affairs to another.

    [no object] ‘opinion swung in the chancellor's favor’
    [with object] ‘the failure to seek a peace could swing sentiment the other way’
    • ‘Yet journalists today, more than ever before, have the power to swing public opinion and thereby change the course of conflicts with their writing.’
    • ‘The pendulum of public opinion swings from one side to another.’
    • ‘As a genius, his thoughts and opinions don't have to be consistent because they swing with whatever mood he happens to be in.’
    • ‘Public opinion swung strongly in favour of the women strikers.’
    • ‘Liberals also could swing either way with their opinions.’
    • ‘It was only after the executions of the leaders that opinion began to swing in their favour.’
    • ‘He escaped execution when political opinion swung against the shootings of May 1916.’
    • ‘It was a slow-moving process but, by the end of the decade, the balance of public opinion had swung in favour of the tenants.’
    • ‘During the Civil War, he lectured in England and helped swing public opinion against the South.’
    • ‘This balance of opinion swung back after the launch of the single market programme in the mid-1980s.’
    • ‘It's worth remembering how quickly public opinion can swing in the opposite direction once war begins.’
    • ‘As opinion has swung against them, so society's attitude to fatherhood has also begun to change.’
    • ‘After a miserable couple of years where his mood has swung from depressed to suicidal, he is starting to feel more like his old self.’
    • ‘He was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where his mood swung erratically.’
    • ‘That ratio represents what amounts to an emotional set point, the mean around which our daily moods swing.’
    • ‘You are likely to be surrounded by people who swing from one mood to another and act with false perceptions.’
    • ‘But public opinion has swung against off-roading, and the police are now actively seeking solutions.’
    • ‘The silence had been broken, the mood had swung, the atmosphere had altered.’
    • ‘A shift to a looser relationship is one that is set to move up the agenda if Britain is forced to give up its budget rebate and public opinion swings further against the EU.’
    • ‘Within seconds, my mood had swung from joy to misery.’
    change, fluctuate, oscillate, waver, alternate, see-saw, yo-yo, vary, shift, alter, undulate, ebb and flow, rise and fall, go up and down, go back and forth
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    1. 4.1[with object]Have a decisive influence on (something, especially a vote or election)
      ‘an attempt to swing the vote in their favor’
      • ‘Only thirty students from the state school are registered to vote, so it isn't likely to swing the election.’
      • ‘But she also raises health and education as major election issues that could yet swing her vote.’
      • ‘Today cognitive scientists pre-test messages and images with focus groups comprising types of voters who might swing an election.’
      • ‘Whether this sliver of defectors will once again be big enough to swing a presidential election is less clear.’
      • ‘Although on different teams, they are examples of a nationwide movement that some experts predict could swing the election.’
      • ‘With the election so finely balanced, deceased early voters could yet swing the election, without the arduous duty of having to stick around for the legal disputes.’
      • ‘Can politics at the margin hold the balance in a decision on foreign policy, as it can sometimes swing an election?’
      • ‘According to intelligence sources, the army is now determined to swing the balance of power back in its favor.’
      • ‘Then there is the issue of whether a small mobilization advantage can be enough to swing the presidential election.’
      • ‘Will they swing the election in your favour again?’
      • ‘She does seem to feel as if she's just swung the election, mind.’
      • ‘I can think of several social issues where you can swing some electoral votes away from the party.’
      • ‘And he thinks parochial issues such as veterans' benefits won't swing the election.’
      • ‘The only real question at this point is if they have been successful in rigging enough voting machines to swing this election if it's close enough.’
      • ‘You only need a few percentage points difference to swing an election.’
      • ‘Young people have the potential to swing the election one way or the other.’
      • ‘This volatile issue was used to mobilize voters and swing elections at all levels.’
      • ‘Could this really be what swings the election one way or the other?’
      • ‘That said, organizers don't need 20 million to swing the election he adds.’
      • ‘Well, it's rare that a vice president swung an election one way or the other.’
    2. 4.2informal [with object]Succeed in bringing about.
      ‘with us backing you we might be able to swing something’
      • ‘But what might have finally swung it in his favour was his looks and his Face Of 2001 title.’
      • ‘But the thing she believes really swung it was that her husband was foreign and not even European.’
      • ‘According to Associated Press voting data, Democrats could have added 13 seats by swinging 49,469 votes.’
      • ‘What swung it was the thought that my husband might be having to steel himself each time I drew near for a kiss.’
      • ‘Even as late as 2000, he could probably have swung it.’
      • ‘At Manchester United, you had Monday morning and all day Thursday on academic things, so that's what swung it.’
      • ‘But the bit that swung it for me was when she said that camping has never been so trendy.’
      accomplish, achieve, obtain, acquire, get, secure, net, win, earn, attain, bag, capture, grab, hook
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  • 5[no object] Play music with an easy flowing but vigorous rhythm.

    ‘the band swung on’
    • ‘Ellington could swing with the strains of Egypt as much as the wails of Harlem.’
    • ‘In places, for example, the orchestra has to swing like a jazz band, but that can only be suggested in musical notation; it has to be felt.’
    • ‘It took Fats a tune or two to get over his initial discomfort, but soon he was swinging like only Fats Waller could swing.’
    • ‘Jazz bands swing, they groove, they jump, smoke, wail and wig out.’
    • ‘The bands don't really swing, and don't give any indication they can, or would want to, for heaven's sake.’
    • ‘They don't just groove, they swing hard, and the polyrhythms created by the layered drummers create a groove that is as steady as it is complex.’
    1. 5.1(of music) be played with an easy flowing but vigorous rhythm.
      • ‘Their music neither rocks nor swings - it jumps.’
      • ‘The music swings and the professionals perform elaborately energetic movements.’
      • ‘One number rocked, one swung - stylistically it was all over the place, and much the better for it.’
      • ‘Back among their brethren in Harlem many took comfort in late-night jams - where the music really swung - but also in drink and hard drugs.’
      • ‘These dozen folk-punk songs swing with an infectious rhythm.’
  • 6informal [no object] (of an event, place, or way of life) be lively, exciting, or fashionable.

    • ‘After all, this was the 60s and London was swinging.’
    • ‘Lam Morrisson & Band provided the live music and the place was really swinging.’
    • ‘The party was swinging all night long.’
  • 7informal [no object] Be promiscuous, typically by engaging in group sex or swapping sexual partners.

    • ‘I would like to get them to swing more often to impress my partner.’
    • ‘It doesn't mean your husband is bored with you but don't get too mad if he does swing with another partner at the club.’
    • ‘We know a few couples who swing regularly.’


  • 1A seat suspended by ropes or chains, on which someone may sit and swing back and forth.

    • ‘He and a group of friends had been playing on a swing suspended between two trees in a field near his home.’
    • ‘All that could be heard were the sounds of the swings swaying back and forth.’
    • ‘Taking my hands off of the swing's chains, he led me around to face him.’
    • ‘All that's left are a couple of lengths of chain, swings long gone.’
    • ‘I felt a hand grab the chain of the swing and pull it back.’
    • ‘He sat down on one of the swings and looked at me expectantly.’
    • ‘As she walked now, she looked at the empty swings, the empty merry-go-round, the empty slide.’
    • ‘She tightened her grip on the ropes of the swing.’
    • ‘I was gripping onto the ropes of the swing with all my might.’
    • ‘He set her down on a swing, and seated himself into the one next to her.’
    • ‘There's graffiti and one of the swings looks like it has already broken.’
    • ‘I reached the door, but instead of going inside, I took a seat on the swing.’
    • ‘He laughed lightly, pushing himself back and forth on the swing.’
    • ‘He was swinging back and forth on a metal swing watching her.’
    • ‘I was able to put her in the swing or the bouncy seat, switch on the stereo and everyone was happy.’
    • ‘The chains that had been holding the seat of the swing up were still sticking straight out.’
    • ‘An electricity company is warning children to stay away from its cables after workers found a rope swing attached to live wires.’
    • ‘Sarah pulled back on one of the tire swing's chains, making the circle it was spinning in grow smaller and get faster.’
    • ‘In the end there wasn't that much of a problem and the kids are looking forward to getting back on the swings again.’
    • ‘She sat on her favorite swing swinging back and forth slowly… why?’
    1. 1.1A spell of swinging on a seat suspended by ropes or chains.
      • ‘I decided it would be irresponsible of me to leave without ensuring that they worked properly. So I had a swing for 5 minutes.’
      • ‘Go into the play ground and have a swing on the swings.’
  • 2An act of swinging.

    ‘with the swing of her arm, the knife flashed through the air’
    • ‘Michael was struggling to deflect a rain of blows, and the swing of his arm was getting slower and slower.’
    • ‘He shrugged with an elaborate swing of his shoulders, a typical response from any adolescent who wasn't in the mood for sharing.’
    • ‘I can't tell you how many times I've had races ruined by people giving me an elbow to the face or a hand to the hip disguised as an arm swing.’
    • ‘Warm hands brushed my shoulders and I shrieked, lashing out with a violent swing of my arms.’
    • ‘Dean punctuated the moment with a swing of his arm and a yell.’
    • ‘Each stretch should be held for at least 10 seconds with 10 repetitions on each arm for arm swings.’
    • ‘The March is a simple enough dance: march in place with exaggerated arm swings.’
    • ‘There are also clipping moments, but a large amount of these seem to come from quick swings of the camera or particularly massive spills.’
    • ‘Shrapnel explodes into your face with every swing of the ax.’
    • ‘Turning with a swing of his arms, Randy loped down the steps and across the grass to his own home, already noisy with the bickering of his parents.’
    • ‘They fought righteously; every blow, every swing of their weapon, they made every motion count.’
    swaying, oscillation, undulation
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    1. 2.1The manner in which a golf club or a bat is swung.
      ‘improve your golf swing’
      • ‘When he mentioned something about having a nice feel for his golf swing, a reporter asked how he did that.’
      • ‘How can the golf swings of the top players differ so dramatically, yet work so well?’
      • ‘Someone is practising his golf swing in the nets on the sports area.’
      • ‘Strength without flexibility is not conducive to producing power in your golf swing.’
      • ‘He'll never hit long homers, but he has such remarkable bat control that he can alter his swing to lift the ball.’
      • ‘He had been showing a tentative swing in batting practice, though his aggressiveness was present in games.’
      • ‘A proper stroke has been compared to the proper swing of a golf club.’
      • ‘I'm not the type of hitter you would try to pitch around, I'm not a McGwire who can hit the ball out on each swing.’
      • ‘This is a very similar motion to the one that occurs during the hitting segment in the golf swing.’
      • ‘He has enough power that shortening his swing shouldn't reduce his long-ball potential.’
      • ‘This system recognizes that golfers come in all shapes and sizes and their golf swing should reflect this.’
      • ‘In addition to the above, other factors need to be considered and corrected to improve your golf swing.’
      • ‘He says he hit the ball better and his swing was sharper than it was during his hot streak, but too often he simply hit balls that didn't fall in.’
      • ‘It was a good experience to go through because I got a lot of what I wanted in my golf swing.’
      • ‘Not only did playing fast boost his endurance; it improved his swing and accuracy, too.’
      • ‘If you think this article is going to be about the finer points of the follow through of the golf swing, then you are mistaken.’
      • ‘I knew some aspects of my swing were flawed, but I wasn't working towards curing them.’
      • ‘There's been a big change in his body mannerisms and his golf swing.’
      • ‘Last season, he focused too much on trying to hit home runs by pulling the ball, and his swing got messed up in the process.’
      • ‘As a golf swing involves the whole body, any part of the body can be injured in the course of play, the researchers caution.’
      • ‘The researchers referred to timing as those forces that are applied to the golf club during the swing.’
      • ‘He said it was difficult to teach golf properly unless coaches could place their pupils' hands in a proper position on the club or turn their shoulders to demonstrate a proper swing.’
      • ‘But my children did break out with the eldest boy taking his first tentative swing with a golf club in a coaching lesson costing £7 for an hour.’
      • ‘On the other hand, all my players have different golf swings.’
    2. 2.2The motion of swinging.
      ‘this short cut gave her hair new movement and swing’
      • ‘Until the 1920s, the most accurate timepieces depended on the regular swing of a pendulum.’
      • ‘Here, layers are added at the chin length to increase hair volume and give some swing.’
      • ‘A full skirt adds swing and style.’
  • 3A discernible change in opinion.

    ‘the South's swing to the right’
    • ‘In the 10 seats with the largest reductions in the informal vote, there was a swing to Labor of 0.2%.’
    • ‘A swing of 100,000 votes in a over two decades is quite phenomenal, and it points to a future where Unionists can no longer demand that it is their way or the highway.’
    • ‘But the violent swings in the electoral pendulum have implications that go far beyond the fortunes of the two major parties.’
    • ‘A swing of three million votes is gigantic in our society where party allegiances are formed in childhood and reinforced by an omnipresent media.’
    • ‘But he also possesses a majority of more than 5,000 votes - and that's after the massive swing to Labour at the last election.’
    • ‘For any of the major parties to gain outright control of the hung council, it would require a major swing in votes.’
    • ‘Minor parties tend not to be elected, and the constituency system exaggerates national swings in votes to produce a larger than proportional swing in the numbers of seats won or lost.’
    • ‘His successive statements were often contradictory, but it cannot be assumed that these swings in his opinions were wholly tactical.’
    • ‘The Liberal Party recorded its second lowest vote in history, only 33.8 percent - a swing of 8.42 percent.’
    • ‘While the vote is yet to be finalised, if a swing of that order were repeated across the country, the government would lose more than 20 seats.’
    • ‘That's why there's going to be a huge swing in the next five years.’
    • ‘First, as in 2000, I expect a last minute swing toward the Democrats.’
    • ‘The party is banking on a voter swing away from the government but having both candidates so close together makes vote management difficult in the four seat constituency.’
    • ‘Such a swing of opinion reflects the people's tendency to change tack depending on which way the wind is blowing.’
    • ‘However, we feel that the swing in popular opinion highlighted in this election has far deeper roots.’
    • ‘The new millennium has also seen a swing in public opinion and political attitude towards independent education.’
    trend, tendency, drift, movement, current, course
    fluctuation, change, shift, switch, variation, oscillation
    change, move
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  • 4A style of jazz or dance music with an easy flowing but vigorous rhythm.

    • ‘She will be showcasing a variety of material from the classic era of jazz and swing in a set that will include many new additions to her repertoire.’
    • ‘Grooving to the sounds of bebop and swing, a growing number of artists are turning to Jazz for inspiration and finding success along the way’
    • ‘The second piece was a book review of American swing and jazz, and how adult pop culture was supplanted by teen pop culture.’
    • ‘Just in time for the birth of swing, he left for New York.’
    • ‘They've gone from swing to Italian flavored jazz to americana.’
    • ‘However, big band and swing - the rock and pop of the day - were in full bloom.’
    • ‘Before bebop the biggest genre in jazz was swing.’
    • ‘This album of songs from 1935 to 1941 comes from an era that some wouldn't necessarily associate Billie Holiday with: big band and swing.’
    • ‘From the States came rhythm and blues, hot on the heels of swing and jazz which had arrived some years earlier.’
    • ‘What I do like about swing is when the horn section is really tight by itself and together with the rhythm section, and when the soloists do their solos, they could be heard over the mix.’
    • ‘She has a special feel for swing and Latin dance rhythms and enjoys seeing patrons get up and dance while she is playing solo.’
    • ‘If it's people who love big-band swing, wouldn't they rather just hear the classics?’
    • ‘His choreography is full of intricate rhythms done with up-tempo swing and other driving jazz music forms.’
    • ‘The band has a wide appeal, playing everything from small band swing to Dixieland jazz and 50s influenced rhythm and blues.’
    • ‘It's certainly not easy for a jazz pianist famous for swing to turn over to bebop.’
    • ‘The dance floor is full and patrons are once again swaying to the sounds of swing.’
    • ‘The four sound very comfortable together, with an easy sense of swing that would put many long-established groups to shame.’
    • ‘The band performs a wide ranging repertoire, from rousing marches to the big band swing and jazz.’
    • ‘Moody melodies vie for attention with swing, ballads and jazz.’
    • ‘His chorus blends the most modern harmonies with old-fashioned swing.’
    rhythm, beat, pulse, cadence, pace, rhythmical flow, rhythmical pattern, measure, metre, tempo, lilt
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    1. 4.1The rhythmic feeling or drive of swing music.
      • ‘It is perhaps the busiest of the productions on the album working more of a swing into its rhythmic structure.’
      • ‘Whilst these recordings are very good and well recorded, they just don't have that swing.’
      • ‘But it's the song's swing rather than its lyrics that keep it agitated.’
      • ‘On record, he is a master of filling spaces with innovative licks, whilst still leaving enough room for the music's swing and rhythm to ease the tunes along.’
  • 5North American A swift tour involving a number of stops, especially one undertaken as part of a political campaign.

    • ‘Now his comments came ahead of a campaign swing by President Bush.’
    • ‘‘This was an important stop on my current swing through the region,’ Mr Cheney said.’
    • ‘During a recent campaign swing through Ohio, a place he seems to visit every week, he really outdid himself.’
    • ‘Cheney just finished a campaign swing through Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.’
    • ‘Also afterwards, President Bush opened a five-day campaign swing with a bus tour in Florida.’
  • 6(in musical theater) an understudy, typically one who covers multiple roles in the chorus of a particular production.

    • ‘Former Joffrey dancer Meg Paul, who has been with the production from its workshop days as both a swing and an understudy, is now also a dance captain.’
    • ‘Powell went on a week after she was hired as a swing on Hairspray.’
    • ‘He sang, he danced and read scenes of Max and Franz, eventually besting more than a dozen other hopefuls to become a swing.’
    • ‘Beginning as a swing and understudy in 1996, the teenager eventually scored a major role and performed the lead as an understudy about ten times.’
    • ‘And interchangeability - both inside and out - is the key to success as a swing.’


  • get (back) into the swing of things

    • informal Get used to (or return to) being easy and relaxed about an activity or routine one is engaged in.

      • ‘September's a busy month of dance where everybody gets back into the swing of things.’
      • ‘Perhaps my posts today evidence that I am getting back into the swing of things, but we shall see.’
      • ‘I think I was getting back into the swing of things on Sunday, but Sunday night ended up with very achey joints.’
      • ‘For the moment, I'm still getting into the swing of things.’
      • ‘Just getting back into the swing of things after a hectic few days.’
      • ‘I have adapted pretty quick to it and got into the swing of things.’
      • ‘I did what I knew best, and eventually, I got into the swing of things.’
      • ‘At the moment we are just getting back into the swing of things here in the college after a much appreciated break.’
      • ‘I'm going to try to get back into the swing of things from now on and hopefully establish a routine, not just with the blogging, but with other things to, like revision for one.’
      • ‘So I'm back into the swing of things at the gym and things are really looking up at this stage.’
  • in full swing

    • At the height of activity.

      ‘by nine-thirty the dance was in full swing’
      • ‘The centre is now back in full swing with various groups and organisations using the facilities.’
      • ‘The carnival is in full swing with plenty of activities for all the family.’
      • ‘Come New Year the gym will be full of newbies and the diet season will be in full swing.’
      • ‘Lizzie and I arrived at Trafalgar Square with the parade in full swing.’
      • ‘The fine weather has been greatly welcomed by the people of the locality with the cutting of turf in full swing.’
      • ‘Preparations for the competition will be in full swing by the end of January.’
      • ‘A new 6pm to midnight shift was introduced this month, when the festive party season was in full swing.’
      • ‘The drinking is in full swing - the men oblivious to the desecration that has just occurred.’
      • ‘The annual Garda anti drink-driving campaign at Christmas time is now in full swing.’
      • ‘The training camps, which will get into full swing shortly, should design special sessions to make the best use of the change.’
  • swing into action

    • Quickly begin acting or operating.

      • ‘Rescue and relief systems did not swing into action until well after the storm had hit and caused its devastation, with many lives lost as a result.’
      • ‘The close-knit community will have to swing into action again to raise funding for the community centre costing an estimated €300,000.’
      • ‘Long-prepared procedures, contained in the Underground's emergency plan, began to swing into action.’
      • ‘Emergency personnel were supposed to swing into action from around 9.30 am, but were delayed until around 9.51 am because of a formal opening before the exercise.’
      • ‘A massive clear-up operation is to swing into action at a playing field which travellers occupied for more than six weeks.’
      • ‘These include the vaccination of small numbers of military and medical specialists who would swing into action in the event of biological attack.’
      • ‘The key is to have a network of informed organizations and individuals who are already up to speed on media issues and can swing into action on short notice.’
      • ‘An action plan prepared by the health authority had already begun to swing into action and many key changes were under way.’
      • ‘The internet and foreign newspapers were likely to swing into action, bandying around allegations without having to worry about whether they were true or not.’
      • ‘A special team of professional witnesses are also set to swing into action to gather evidence on the culprits as the council gets tough with persistent offenders.’


Old English swingan to beat, whip also rush geswing a stroke with a weapon of Germanic origin; related to German schwingen brandish.