verb (used with object), swung, swing·ing.
verb (used without object), swung, swing·ing.
- to be characterized by a modern, lively atmosphere: Las Vegas swings all year.
- to be stylish, trendy, hip, etc., especially in pursuing enjoyment.
- to engage uninhibitedly in sexual activity.
- (of married couples) to exchange partners for sexual activity.
- a work period coming between the regular day and night shifts.
- a change by a group of workers from working one shift to working another.
Origin of swing1
Related formsswing·a·ble, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for in full swing
verb swings, swinging or swung
- a kind of popular dance music influenced by jazz, usually played by big bands and originating in the 1930s
- (as modifier)swing music
- a fluctuation, as in some business activity, voting pattern etc
- (as modifier) able to bring about a swing in a voting patternswing party
- (as modifier) having a mixed voting history, and thus becoming a target for political election campaignersa swing state
Word Origin for swing
Culture definitions for in full swing
Idioms and Phrases with in full swing (1 of 2)
in full swing
Also, in full cry. In full operation, at the highest level of activity. For example, After the strike it would be some time before production was in full swing, or His supporters were out in full cry. The first expression, dating from the mid-1800s, alludes to the vigorous movement of a swinging body. The second employs full cry in the sense of “vigorous pursuit,” a usage dating from the late 1500s that may be dying out.
Idioms and Phrases with in full swing (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with swing
- swing into action
- get into the swing of things
- in full swing
- not enough room to swing a car