- 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.
- 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.
Origin of fling
Examples from the Web for fling
Remember, the people surveyed have already signed up for a fling.Japan’s Desperate Housewives Opting for Adulterous Online Dating
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
April 2, 2014
But this time, we were looking for more than just a couple of great dates or a fling.Best Cities to Find Love and Stay in Love
Brandy Zadrozny, Rachel Bronstein
February 14, 2014
The deaf culture advocates tell me I should fling away my CI and make my home within the community.This Is What It Is Like To Be Deaf From Birth
December 23, 2013
After Mariah Carey denied having a fling with the rapper, Eminem went ballistic.Paula Broadwell, Eminem, & More Spurned Lovers Who Went Ballistic
November 15, 2012
Paul Giamatti huddles at an ATM as Occupy-style protestors quote Marx and fling dead rats.In ‘Cosmopolis,’ Robert Pattinson Depicts Financial World Gone Mad
August 22, 2012
Why does he fling himself from his horse and stare so strangely about him?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The girl started, and tried to fling off the caressing hand.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I ought, of course, to fling myself into the chasm like that Roman fellow; but, hang it!In the Midst of Alarms
Then it dawned on Drumsheugh that the doctor was attempting the Highland fling.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 3
You remember how Dick used to fling back his head when he laughed?Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
- to throw, esp with force or abandon; hurl or toss
- to put or send without warning or preparationto fling someone into jail
- (also intr) to move (oneself or a part of the body) with abandon or speedhe flung himself into a chair
- (usually foll by into) to apply (oneself) diligently and with vigour (to)
- to cast aside; disregardshe flung away her scruples
- to utter violently or offensively
- poetic to give out; emit
- the act or an instance of flinging; toss; throw
- a period or occasion of unrestrained, impulsive, or extravagant behaviourto have a fling
- any of various vigorous Scottish reels full of leaps and turns, such as the Highland fling
- a trial; tryto have a fling at something different
Word Origin and History for fling
c.1300, probably from or related to Old Norse flengja "to flog," of uncertain origin. The Middle English intransitive sense is that suggested by phrase have a fling at "make a try." An obsolete word for "streetwalker, harlot" was fling-stink (1670s). Related: Flung; flinging.
"attempt, attack," early 14c.; see fling (v.). Sense of "period of indulgence on the eve of responsibilities" first attested 1827. Meaning "vigorous dance" (associated with the Scottish Highlands) is from 1806.
Idioms and Phrases with fling
In addition to the idiom beginning with fling
- fling oneself at someone
- last fling