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swing

verb uk   us   /swɪŋ/ (swung, swung)

swing verb (MOVE SIDEWAYS)

B2 [I or T] to move easily and without interruption backwards and forwards or from one side to the other, especially from a fixed point, or to cause something or someone to do this: He walked briskly along the path swinging his rolled-up umbrella. The door swung open. [I] to change: His mood swings between elation and despair.
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swing verb (BE EXCITING)

[I] informal to be exciting and enjoyable: You need music to make a party swing.

swing verb (MUSIC)

[I or T] to play music in a strong, exciting style like jazz, or (of music) to be played in this way

swing verb (ARRANGE)

[T] informal to arrange for something to happen, by persuading people and often by acting slightly dishonestly: If you want an interview with Pedro, I could probably swing it (for you).

swing

noun uk   us   /swɪŋ/

swing noun (SIDEWAYS MOVEMENT)

[C] a swinging movement [C] an attempt to hit someone: The drunk took a wild swing at Harry. [C] a change: He experiences severe mood swings (= sudden changes from one extreme mood to another). The Democrats only need a five percent swing (= need five percent of voters to change to supporting them) to win this election.
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swing noun (SEAT)

B2 [C] a seat joined by two ropes or chains to a metal bar or a tree, on which you can sit and move backwards and forwards

swing noun (BE EXCITING)

go with a swing UK informal If an event, especially a party, goes with a swing, it is very exciting and successful: The Festival always goes with a swing.

swing noun (MUSIC)

[U] a type of dance music that was popular in the 1930s and 40s
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