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swing

verb
 
 
/swɪŋ/ ( past tense and past participle swung)
BACKWARDS/FORWARDS [I, T] B2 to move smoothly backwards and forwards, or to make something do this: She really swings her arms when she walks.Shaking, swinging and vibrating
CURVE [I, T] to move smoothly in a curve, or to make something do this: The door swung shut. Watch the ball as you swing the bat.General words for movement
CHANGE [I] If someone's opinion or their feelings swing, they suddenly change: Her moods swing with absolutely no warning.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequentlyUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
(Definition of swing verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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