Definition of swing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//swɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɪŋ//
    Golf, In the garden
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  1. 1  [countable] a swinging movement or rhythm He took a wild swing at the ball. the swing of her hips
  2. of opinion/mood
  3. 2  [countable] a change from one opinion or situation to another; the amount by which something changes He is liable to abrupt mood swings (= for example from being very happy to being very sad). Voting showed a 10% swing to Labour. There are indications of a swing towards nuclear power.
  4. hanging seat
  5. 3  [countable] a seat for swinging on, hung from above on ropes or chains The kids were playing on the swings. See related entries: In the garden
  6. in golf
  7. 4[singular] the swinging movement you make with your arms and body when you hit the ball in the game of golf I need to work on my swing. See related entries: Golf
  8. music
  9. 5 [uncountable] a type of jazz with a smooth rhythm, played especially by big dance bands in the 1930s
  10. journey
  11. 6[singular] (North American English) a quick journey, especially one made by a politician, in which somebody visits several different places in a short time a three-day campaign swing through California
  12. Word OriginOld English swingan ‘to beat, whip’, also ‘rush’, geswing ‘a stroke with a weapon’, of Germanic origin; related to German schwingen ‘brandish’.Extra examples Her dad pushed her on the swing. Ohio is a swing state in the presidential election. She suffers from severe mood swings. Some kids were playing on the swings. The Conservatives suffered an adverse swing of 6%. The golfers were practising/​practicing their swings. The party needs a swing of only 2.5% to win the seat. There was a political swing of the pendulum back to the right. This represents a swing of 14% against the party. a dramatic swing against the socialists a late swing towards the Tories a sharp swing in the attitudes of economists golfers practising their swings his sudden swings of mood signs of a late swing to the Democrats the swing away from science in schools the technique for making the perfect golf swing violent swings in policy He is liable to abrupt mood swings. Voting showed a 10% swing to Labour.Idioms
    get in/into the swing (of something)
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    (informal) to get used to an activity or a situation and become fully involved in it I’ve only been here a week so I haven’t got into the swing of things yet.
      go with a swing (British English)
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    1. 1(of a party or an activity) to be lively and enjoyable She made the whole party go with a swing.
    2. 2(of music) to have a strong rhythm
    having reached a very lively level When we arrived the party was already in full swing. (British English, informal) used to say that there are advantages and disadvantages whatever decision you make If you earn more, you pay more in tax, so it's all swings and roundabouts. What you gain on the swings you may lose on the roundabouts.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: swing