fling1 [flıŋ] v past tense and past participle flung [flʌŋ]
[T always + adverb/preposition]
1¦(throw something)¦
2¦(move something)¦
3¦(push somebody)¦
4¦(move your body)¦
5¦(say something)¦
6 fling something open
7 fling somebody in prison/jail
8 fling yourself into something
9 fling yourself at somebody
Phrasal verbs
 fling something<=>off
 fling somebody/something<=>out
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: From a Scandinavian language]
to throw something somewhere using a lot of force
fling sth into sth
He flung the box into the river.
People cheered and flung their hats into the air.
to throw or move something roughly and carelessly
He flung his coat over the back of a chair.
She flung back the covers and got up.
He flung the books aside angrily.
to push someone roughly, especially so that they fall to the ground
= ↑throw
He grabbed her arm and flung her to the ground.
to move yourself or part of your body quickly, using a lot of force
= ↑throw
He flung himself down on the bed.
She flung her arms round Louise.
to say something to someone in an angry way
= ↑throw fling sth at sb
People were flinging all sorts of accusations at her.
His own words were flung back at him.
6.) fling sth open
to open a door or window roughly, using a lot of force
The door was flung open and Selkirk entered.
7.) fling sb in prison/jail
to put someone in prison, often without having a good reason
Opposition leaders were flung into jail.
8.) fling yourself into sth
to start doing something with a lot of energy
After the divorce he flung himself into his work to forget her.
9.) fling yourself at sb
a) to move suddenly towards someone in order to attack them or hold them
He flung himself at her and snatched the bag.
The children flung themselves at him, squealing with joy.
b) informal to show in a very clear, open way that you want to have a sexual relationship with someone - used to show disapproval
fling off [fling sth<=>off] phr v
to quickly remove a piece of clothing
= ↑tear off
He flung off his coat.
fling out [fling sb/sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to make someone leave a place when they do not want to
= ↑throw out fling somebody/something<=>out of
He was flung out of school for swearing at a teacher.
2.) to get rid of something you no longer want or need
= ↑throw out
If it doesn't work, just fling it out.
fling 2
fling2 n [C usually singular]
1.) a short and not very serious sexual relationship
They had a brief fling a few years ago.
2.) a short period of time during which you enjoy yourself without worrying about anything
He sees this as his final fling before he retires.

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