Definition of swing verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



swung, swung

hang and move

1 [intransitive, transitive] to move backward or forward or from side to side while hanging from a fixed point; to make something do thisHis arms swung as he walked.As he pushed her, she swung higher and higher (= while sitting on a swing). swing from somethingA set of keys swung from her belt. swing somethingHe sat on the stool, swinging his legs.2 [intransitive, transitive] to move from one place to another by holding something that is fixed and pulling yourself along, up, etc. + adverb/prepositionThe gunshot sent monkeys swinging away through the trees. swing yourself + adverb/prepositionHe swung himself out of the car.

move in curve

3 [intransitive, transitive] to move or make something move with a wide, curved movement + adverb/prepositionA line of cars swung out of the White House driveway. swing something + adverb/prepositionHe swung his legs over the side of the bed. + adjectiveThe door swung open. swing something + adjectiveShe swung the door open.

turn quickly

4 [intransitive, transitive] to turn or change direction suddenly; to make something do this + adverb/prepositionShe swung back to face him.The bus swung sharply to the left. swing something + adverb/prepositionHe swung the camera around to face the opposite direction.

try to hit

5 [intransitive, transitive] to try to hit someone or something swing at someone/somethingShe swung at me with the iron bar. swing something (at someone/something)He swung another punch in my direction.

change opinion/mood

6 [intransitive, transitive] to change or make someone or something change from one opinion, mood, etc. to another swing (from A) (to B)The state swung from Republican to Democrat in the last election. swing (between A and B)His emotions swung between fear and curiosity.The game could swing either way (= either side could win it). swing someone/something (to something)I managed to swing them around to my point of view.

do/get something

7 [transitive] (informal) to succeed in getting or achieving something, sometimes in a slightly dishonest way swing somethingWe're trying to swing it so that we can travel on the same flight.

of music

8 [intransitive] to have a strong rhythm

of party

9 [intransitive] (informal) if a party, swinging, there are a lot of people there having a good time

kick/move/swing into high gear

to become more intense
The campaign season for this year’s elections doesn’t really kick into high gear until June.kick/swing into high gearmove/swing into high gear

swing the balance

= tip the balance/scales tip verbswing the balance

swing for the fences

to really try to achieve something great, even when it is not reasonable to expect to be so successful
entrepreneurs who think big and swing for the fencesInvestors need to manage risk and not swing for the fences.swing for the fences

swing into action

to start doing something quickly and with a lot of energy
The ambulance crew swung into action to resuscitate the patient.The rescue operation swung into action immediately.swing into action

swing by


swing by something

(informal) to visit a place or person for a short time synonym drop byI'll swing by your house on the way home from work.swing by