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Definition of fling verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fling
    he / she / it flings
    past simple flung
    -ing form flinging
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  1. 1fling somebody/something + adv./prep. to throw someone or something somewhere with force, especially because you are angry synonym hurl Someone had flung a brick through the window. She flung the bag to the ground. The door was suddenly flung open. I was flung forward by the impact. He had his enemies flung into prison. Thesaurusthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob pitchThese words all mean to send something from your hand through the air.throw to send something from your hand or hands through the air:Some kids were throwing rocks at the window. She threw the ball and he caught it.toss to throw something lightly or carelessly:She tossed her jacket onto the bed.hurl to throw something violently in a particular direction:Rioters hurled a brick through the car's windshield.fling to throw something somewhere with a lot of force, especially because you are angry or in a hurry:She flung the letter down onto the table.chuck (informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:She lobbed the ball over the net.pitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/pitch something at/to somebody/something to throw/toss/fling/chuck something aside/away to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/pitch a ball to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck rocks/a brick to throw/toss/hurl/fling something angrily to throw/toss something casually/carelessly
  2. 2fling yourself/something + adv./prep. to move yourself or part of your body suddenly and with a lot of force She flung herself onto the bed. He flung out an arm to stop her from falling.
  3. 3fling something (at somebody) + speech to say something to someone in an aggressive way synonym hurl They were flinging insults at each other. see also far-flung
  4. Phrasal Verbsfling somethingoff/onfling yourself into something
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