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verb
  1. simple past tense and past participle of fling.
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fling

[fling]
verb (used with object), flung, 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.
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verb (used without object), flung, 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.
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noun
  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.
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Origin of fling

1250–1300; Middle English; compare Swedish flänga to fly, race
Related formsout·fling, verb (used with object), out·flung, out·fling·ing.
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Historical Examples

  • He flung out of the room on to the terrace and strode away in a rage.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • But Andrew flung himself out of the saddle and came to them sadly.

  • The bond was delivered to Fox, who tore it up and flung the pieces into the fire.

  • He ran up the staircase to his room and flung on some clothing.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Others, in despair, flung themselves from the walls, and for the most part perished.


British Dictionary definitions for flung

flung

verb
  1. the past tense and past participle of fling
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fling

verb flings, flinging or flung (flʌŋ) (mainly tr)
  1. to throw, esp with force or abandon; hurl or toss
  2. to put or send without warning or preparationto fling someone into jail
  3. (also intr) to move (oneself or a part of the body) with abandon or speedhe flung himself into a chair
  4. (usually foll by into) to apply (oneself) diligently and with vigour (to)
  5. to cast aside; disregardshe flung away her scruples
  6. to utter violently or offensively
  7. poetic to give out; emit
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of flinging; toss; throw
  2. a period or occasion of unrestrained, impulsive, or extravagant behaviourto have a fling
  3. any of various vigorous Scottish reels full of leaps and turns, such as the Highland fling
  4. a trial; tryto have a fling at something different
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Derived Formsflinger, noun

Word Origin

C13: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse flengja to flog, Swedish flänga, Danish flænge
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Word Origin and History for flung

past participle of fling (v.).

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fling

n.

"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.

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fling

v.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with flung

fling

In addition to the idiom beginning with fling

  • fling oneself at someone

also see:

  • last fling
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