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[ fling ]

verb (used with object)

, flung [fluhng], fling·ing.
  1. to throw, cast, or hurl with force or violence:

    to fling a stone.

  2. to move (oneself ) violently with impatience, contempt, or the like:

    She flung herself angrily from the room.

  3. to put suddenly or violently:

    to fling a suspect into jail.

  4. to project or speak sharply, curtly, or forcefully:

    He flung his answer at the questioner.

  5. to involve (oneself ) vigorously in an undertaking.
  6. to move, do, or say (something) quickly:

    to fling a greeting in passing.

  7. to send suddenly and rapidly:

    to fling fresh troops into a battle.

  8. to throw aside or off.
  9. to throw to the ground, as in wrestling or horseback riding.

verb (used without object)

, flung [fluhng], fling·ing.
  1. to move with haste or violence; rush; dash.
  2. to fly into violent and irregular motions, as a horse; throw the body about, as a person.
  3. to speak harshly or abusively (usually followed by out ):

    He flung out disgustedly against the whole human race.


  1. an act of flinging.
  2. 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.

  3. an attempt at something:

    He took a fling at playwriting.

  4. a critical or contemptuous remark; gibe.
  5. Also called Highland fling. a lively Scottish dance characterized by flinging movements of the arms and legs.


/ flɪŋ /


  1. to throw, esp with force or abandon; hurl or toss
  2. to put or send without warning or preparation

    to fling someone into jail

  3. also intr to move (oneself or a part of the body) with abandon or speed

    he flung himself into a chair

  4. usually foll by into to apply (oneself) diligently and with vigour (to)
  5. to cast aside; disregard

    she flung away her scruples

  6. to utter violently or offensively
  7. poetic.
    to give out; emit
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. the act or an instance of flinging; toss; throw
  2. a period or occasion of unrestrained, impulsive, or extravagant behaviour

    to have a fling

  3. any of various vigorous Scottish reels full of leaps and turns, such as the Highland fling
  4. a trial; try

    to have a fling at something different

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Derived Forms

  • ˈflinger, noun
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Other Words From

  • outfling verb (used with object) outflung outflinging
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fling1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; compare Swedish flänga “to fly, race”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fling1

C13: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse flengja to flog, Swedish flänga , Danish flænge
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Idioms and Phrases

In addition to the idiom beginning with fling , also see last fling .
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Example Sentences

She was remarkably nice, and by the time she admitted that she—in an effort to impress us—had watched Spikeball tutorials prior to coming, I knew it was more than a fling.

I didn’t have to wonder if he saw me as a fling or if he was ready for a serious girlfriend.

In the 1990s, a team at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island built a 50-foot-wide ring to fling muons around and began collecting data.

She’d had on-trail romances before, and Constantine, she thought, was funny and handsome enough for a rebound fling—some “trail tail,” she kids.

Whether he’s rushing into a fling or trying to escape a heartbreak, time never seems to be moving fast enough.

The protection will last as long as Winston can still fling the ball 50 yards downfield to a streaking wide receiver.

Did you and Christian Slater have a romantic fling on True Romance?

Will she have a terrible relapse and turn to her pal/sometime fling Vause for help?

Remember, the people surveyed have already signed up for a fling.

But this time, we were looking for more than just a couple of great dates or a fling.

When I come home from the lessons I fling myself on the sofa, and feel as if I never wanted to get up again.

At sight of this generous enemy, this faithful friend, how could he restrain the grateful impulse to fling himself into his arms!

Honey-Bee was too proper to fling hers up also, so taking off the shoe that wouldn't stay on she threw it joyfully over her head.

This, with contemptuous indignation, we fling back into their face, as a scorpion to a vulture.

Without uttering a word, I pick up the heavy saltcellar, and fling it violently against the French mirror.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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