1. To cast, send, to throw from the hand; to hurl; to dart; to emit with violence as if thrown from the hand; as, to fing a stone into the pond.
"'T is Fate that flings the dice: and, as she flings, Of kings makes peasants, and of peasants kings." -- Dryden.
"He . . . like Jove, his lighting flung." -- Dryden.
"I know thy generous temper well. Fling but the appearance of dishonor on it, It straight takes fire." -- Addison.
2. To shed forth; to emit; to scatter.
"The sun begins to fling His flaring beams." -- Milton.
"Every beam new transient colors flings." -- Pope.
3. To throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate; hence, to baffle; to defeat; as, to fling a party in litigation.
"His horse started, flung him, and fell upon him." -- Walpole.
To fling about
to throw on all sides; to scatter.
To fling away
to reject; to discard.
"Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition." -- Shak.
--To fling down
(a) To throw to the ground; esp., to throw in defiance, as formerly knights cast a glove into the arena as a challenge.
"This question so flung down before the guests, . . . Was handed over by consent of all To me who had not spoken." -- Tennyson.
(b) To overturn; to demolish; to ruin.
To fling in
to throw in; not to charge in an account; as, in settling accounts, one party flings in a small sum, or a few days' work.
To fling off
to baffle in the chase; to defeat of prey; also, to get rid of. Addison.
To fling open
to throw open; to open suddenly or with violence; as, to fling open a door.
To fling out
to utter; to speak in an abrupt or harsh manner; as, to fling out hard words against another.
To fling up
to relinquish; to abandon; as, to fling up a design.