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fling

fling

pronunciation:
flIng
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
take a fling at
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: flinging, flings, flung
definition 1: to throw violently or forcefully; hurl.
The mob flung rocks at the government soldiers.
synonyms:
heave, hurl, sling
similar words:
cast, catapult, chuck, dash, hurtle, launch, pitch, propel, throw, toss
definition 2: to engage (oneself) forcefully or energetically.
She flung herself into the project.
synonyms:
launch, throw
similar words:
engage, immerse, pitch into, plunge
definition 3: to move or send forcefully or abruptly; cast.
The bus was getting crowded, and he flung himself into the empty seat.The police flung the protesters into prison.
synonyms:
cast, throw
similar words:
catapult, heave, hurl, lash, launch, pitch, send
definition 4: to discard or throw aside (often fol. by away or aside).
She decided just to fling those old shoes.He simply flung aside his chance for getting that scholarship.
synonyms:
chuck, discard, toss
similar words:
cast, deep-six, drop, heave, junk, pitch, slough
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to move or throw oneself about energetically or violently.
She was so angry that she flung about the house breaking things.
synonyms:
flounce, tear
similar words:
dash, fly, hurl, race, rush
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of flinging.
With a quick fling, she sent the smooth flat rock skipping across the water.
synonyms:
heave, throw
similar words:
cast, launch, pitch, toss
definition 2: a short period of unrestrained pleasure-seeking or revelry; spree.
He had one last fling before settling down and getting married.Her semester in Europe was more of a fling than a serious period of study.
synonyms:
binge, spree
similar words:
bacchanal, bout, carouse, frolic, orgy, revel, romp, saturnalia, splurge, wassail
definition 3: a brief love affair, usu. with little or no emotional significance.
He insisted to his wife that the time spent with this old girlfriend had just been a fling.
similar words:
affair, amour, intrigue, liaison
phrase: take a fling at
derivation: flinger (n.)