fling Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “fling” in the English Dictionary

"fling" in British English

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uk   us   /flɪŋ/ (flung, flung)

fling verb (THROW)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​throw something or someone ​suddenly and with a lot of ​force: He ​crumpled up the ​letter and flung it into the ​fire. "And you can take ​yourring back too!" she ​cried, flinging it down on the ​table.UK informal Could you fling the ​paper over here (= give me the ​paper)?

fling verb (MOVE/DO)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​move or do something ​quickly and ​energetically: She flung her ​arms around his ​neck. The ​door was flung ​open by the ​wind. Sergei flung himself down on the ​sofa.UK informal Let me just fling (= ​quickly put) a few things into my ​bag, and I'll be ​right with you.UK informal They were flung (= ​quickly put) in ​prison.

fling verb (SAY ANGRILY)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] mainly UK to say something ​angrily: They were flinging ​bitteraccusations at each other. [+ speech] "I don't ​care what you ​think", she flung (back) at him.

flingnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /flɪŋ/ informal
a ​shortperiod of ​enjoyment: The ​girls are going to the ​beach for one last fling before the end of ​summer.
(Definition of fling from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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flingverb [T]

 us   /flɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle flung  /flʌŋ/ )

fling verb [T] (THROW)

to ​throw or move something ​suddenly and with ​force: I ​rushedright up to him and flung my ​arms around his ​neck and ​hugged him. She flung ​open the ​door and ​greeted us ​warmly.

flingnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /flɪŋ/ infml

fling noun [C usually sing] (PERIOD)

a ​shortperiod of doing ​enjoyable things that you usually do not do
(Definition of fling from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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