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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
take a fling at
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: flings, flinging, flung
definition 1: to throw violently or forcefully; hurl.
The mob flung rocks at the government soldiers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
flounce, tear
similar words:
dash, fly, hurl, race, rush
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of flinging.
With a quick fling, she sent the smooth flat rock skipping across the water.
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.
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
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phrase: take a fling at
derivation: flinger (n.)