swing1 W3 [swıŋ] v past tense and past participle swung [swʌŋ]
1¦(move from a fixed point)¦
2¦(move in a curve)¦
4¦(change opinions/emotions)¦
5 swing into action
7¦(arrange something)¦
8 swing both ways
9 swing the lead
Phrasal verbs
 swing around/round
 swing by
[: Old English; Origin: swingan 'to beat, go quickly']
to make regular movements forwards and backwards or from one side to another while hanging from a particular point, or to make something do this
Let your arms swing as you walk.
a sign swinging in the wind
He was swinging his bag back and forth .
She swung her legs from side to side .
swing sth by sth
He marched around, swinging the gun by its handle.
2.) ¦(MOVE IN A CURVE)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to move quickly in a smooth curve in one direction, or to make something do this
A black car swung into the drive.
Kate swung her legs out of bed.
swing open/shut
The heavy door swung shut.
Swinging her bag over her shoulder, she hurried on.
3.) ¦(HIT)¦ [I and T]
to move your arm or something you are holding to try and hit something
swing sth at sb/sth
She swung her bag at him.
swing at sb/sth (with sth)
Garson swung at the ball and missed.
He started swinging at me with his fists.
if emotions or opinions swing, or if something swings them, they change quickly to the opposite of what they were
swing from sth to sth
His mood could swing from joy to despair.
Do campaign gifts swing votes ?
The war had begun to swing in Britain's favor .
swing to the Right/Left
(=in politics)
5.) swing into action
to suddenly begin work that needs doing, using a lot of energy and effort
Politicians have already swung into action.
6.) ¦(PLAY)¦
to sit on a swing and make it move backwards and forwards by moving your legs
[i]spoken to arrange for something to happen, although it takes a lot of effort to do this
We managed to swing it so that they we'll travel together.
8.) swing both ways informal
someone who swings both ways is ↑bisexual
9.) swing the lead
BrE to avoid work by pretending to be ill
there's not enough room to swing a cat atroom1 (5)
swing around/round phr v
to turn around quickly, or to make something do this
She swung around to face him.
swing sth/sb<=>around/round
He swung the boat around and headed for the shore.
swing by phr v
swing by (sth)
to visit a place or person for a short time
I'll swing by the grocery store on my way.
swing 2
swing2 S3 n
1¦(seat with ropes)¦
6 get into the swing of it/things
7 be in full swing
8 go with a swing
9 swings and roundabouts
a seat hanging from ropes or chains, usually used by children play on by moving it forwards and backwards using their legs
kids playing on the swings
a porch swing
2.) ¦(MOVEMENT)¦
a curved movement made with your arm, leg etc
He took a swing at (=tried to hit) my head and missed.
the swing of her hips as she walked
3.) ¦(CHANGE)¦
a noticeable change in opinions or emotions
swing to/towards/between etc
a big swing towards right-wing ideology
She suffers from mood swings .
4.) ¦(SPORTS)¦ [singular]
the movement you make when you hit the ball in ↑golf, baseball, or some other sports
I spent months correcting my swing.
5.) ¦(MUSIC)¦[U]
a type of dance music played by a big band in the 1930s and 1940s that is similar to ↑jazz
6.) get into the swing of it/things
to become fully involved in an activity
Once we got into the swing of it, it took no time at all.
7.) be in full swing
if an event or process is in full swing, it has reached its highest level of activity
By midnight the end-of-course party was in full swing.
8.) go with a swing
BrE if a party or activity goes with a swing, it is enjoyable and successful
everything you need to make your party go with a swing
9.) swings and roundabouts
BrE used to say that two choices have an equal number of gains and losses, so there is little difference between them

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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