fling

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
fling

Third person singular
flings

Simple past
flung

Past participle
flung

Present participle
flinging

  1. (transitive) If you fling something somewhere, you throw or push it away strongly, often carelessly or with strong emotion.
    He grabbed a book and flung it across the room angrily.
    The passenger door was flung open and a man jumped out.
    She walked in, shut the door, flung herself on her bed, and started to cry.
    She jumped into the water, flung her arms out and started splashing.
    She flung her coat over a chair and walked into the kitchen.
  2. (transitive) If you fling words at somebody, you say angry things to them.
    With everybody flinging accusations, she was worried about her future.

Noun[change]

Singular
fling

Plural
flings

  1. (countable) If you have a fling with somebody, you have a short romantic or sexual relationship for fun.
    I had a brief fling with a boy I met in the summer.
  2. (countable) A fling is a fun, carefree time.
    I wasn't serious about dancing. The lessons were just a fling.