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English definition of “sling”

sling

verb [T always + adv/prep]  /slɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle slung  /slʌŋ/) us  

sling verb [T always + adv/prep] (THROW)

to throw or drop something quickly and not very carefully: She came in and slung her coat over a chair.

sling

noun [C]  /slɪŋ/ us  

sling noun [C] (SUPPORTING DEVICE)

a device used to support, lift, or carry objects, often by ropes or straps: The helicopter lowered a sling to the boat and rescued the sailor. medical A sling is a piece of material tied around the neck and providing support for a broken or damaged arm while it heals: They put his arm in a sling.
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