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fling
WordNet 2.0
  • the act of flinging
  • a brief indulgence of your impulses
  • a usually brief attempt
  • "he took a crack at it"
  • "I gave it a whirl"
  • throw with force or recklessness
  • "fling the frisbee"
  • move in an abrupt or headlong manner
  • "He flung himself onto the sofa"
  • throw or cast away
  • "Put away your worries"
  • indulge oneself
  • "I splurged on a new TV"
fling
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

  • 1. To throw; to wince; to flounce; as, the horse began to kick and fling.

    2. To cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer; as, the scold began to flout and fling.

    3. To throw one's self in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste.

    "And crop-full, out of doors he flings." -- Milton.

    "I flung closer to his breast, As sword that, after battle, flings to sheath." -- Mrs. Browning.

    To fling out
    to become ugly and intractable; to utter sneers and insinuations.

  • 1. A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick; as, the fling of a horse.

    2. A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.

    "I, who love to have a fling, Both at senate house and king." -- Swift.

    3. A kind of dance; as, the Highland fling.

    4. A trifing matter; an object of contempt. [Obs.]

    "England were but a fling Save for the crooked stick and the gray goose wing." -- Old Proverb.

    To have one's fling
    to enjoy one's self to the full; to have a season of dissipation. J. H. Newman. "When I was as young as you, I had my fling. I led a life of pleasure." D. Jerrold.

 

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