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"sling" in British English

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slingverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /slɪŋ/ (slung, slung)
informal to ​throw or ​drop something ​carelessly: Don't just sling ​yourbag on the ​floor! If any of the ​letters aren't ​interesting just sling them in the ​bin. I'll just sling together a few things (= put what I need to take with me in a ​bag) and I'll be ​ready to go. mainly UK informal to ​throw or give something to someone: [+ two objects] Sling me a ​pen, will you?
to ​hang something over something, ​especially in a ​careless way: I usually sling my ​jacket over the back of my ​chair.

slingnoun [C]

uk   us   /slɪŋ/
a ​device that uses a ​strap, ​piece of ​cloth, or ​ropes for ​supporting, ​lifting, or ​carryingobjects: The ​cylinder was ​lifted from the seabed in a sling. a ​device for ​supporting a ​broken or ​damagedarm in which the ​arm is ​held in ​front of the ​body in a ​piece of ​cloth that is ​tied around the ​neck: I had my ​arm in a sling for six ​weeks. a ​device like a ​bag for ​carrying a ​baby, ​tied to the ​front or the back of an adult's ​body a ​simpleweapon used ​mainly in the past in which a ​strapheld at the ​ends was used for ​throwingstones
(Definition of sling from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sling" in American English

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slingverb [T always + adv/prep]

 us   /slɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle slung  /slʌŋ/ )
to ​throw or ​drop something ​quickly and not very ​carefully: She came in and slung her ​coat over a ​chair.

slingnoun [C]

 us   /slɪŋ/
  • sling noun [C] (SUPPORTING DEVICE)

a ​device used to ​support, ​lift, or ​carryobjects, often by ​ropes or ​straps: The ​helicopterlowered a sling to the ​boat and ​rescued the ​sailor. medical A sling is a ​piece of ​materialtied around the ​neck and ​providingsupport for a ​broken or ​damagedarm while it ​heals: They put his ​arm in a sling.
(Definition of sling from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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