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Definition of fling verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fling

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//flɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɪŋ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fling
    BrE BrE//flɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɪŋ//
     
    he / she / it flings
    BrE BrE//flɪŋz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɪŋz//
     
    past simple flung
    BrE BrE//flʌŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌŋ//
     
    past participle flung
    BrE BrE//flʌŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌŋ//
     
    -ing form flinging
    BrE BrE//ˈflɪŋɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪŋɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1fling somebody/something + adv./prep. to throw somebody/something somewhere with force, especially because you are angry synonym hurl Someone had flung a brick through the window. He flung her to the ground. The door was suddenly flung open. I was flung forward by the impact. He had his enemies flung into prison. Synonymsthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob bowl 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 stones 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 windscreen.fling to throw somebody/​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 (especially British English, informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:They were lobbing stones over the wall.bowl (in cricket) to throw the ball to the batsmanpitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch something at/​to somebody/​something to throw/​toss/​fling/​chuck something aside/​away to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch a ball to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck stones/​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 somebody in an aggressive way synonym hurl They were flinging insults at each other.
  4. see also far-flung
    Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘go violently’): perhaps related to Old Norse flengja ‘flog’. The main verb sense is based on an earlier sense ‘reckless movement of the body’ and dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples ‘Hey, catch!’ she said, flinging him a towel. I flung a few clothes into a bag. She flung the letter down onto the table. Phrasal Verbsfling off somethingfling somebodyoutfling somethingoutfling yourself at somebodyfling yourself into something
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