Definition of Fling

Pronunciation: flĭng
v. t.1.To cast, send, to throw from the hand; to hurl; to dart; to emit with violence as if thrown from the hand; as, to fing a stone into the pond.
[imp. & p. p. Flung (flŭng); p. pr. & vb. n. Flinging.]
'T is Fate that flings the dice: and, as she flings,
Of kings makes peasants, and of peasants kings.
- Dryden.
He . . . like Jove, his lighting flung.
- Dryden.
I know thy generous temper well.
Fling but the appearance of dishonor on it,
It straight takes fire.
- Addison.
2.To shed forth; to emit; to scatter.
The sun begins to fling
His flaring beams.
- Milton.
Every beam new transient colors flings.
- Pope.
3.To throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate; hence, to baffle; to defeat; as, to fling a party in litigation.
His horse started, flung him, and fell upon him.
- Walpole.
To fling about
to throw on all sides; to scatter.
To fling away
to reject; to discard.
This question so flung down before the guests, . . .
Was handed over by consent of all
To me who had not spoken.
- Tennyson.
v. i.1.To throw; to wince; to flounce; as, the horse began to kick and fling.
2.To cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer; as, the scold began to flout and fling.
3.To throw one's self in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste.
And crop-full, out of doors he flings.
- Milton.
I flung closer to his breast,
As sword that, after battle, flings to sheath.
- Mrs. Browning.
To fling out
to become ugly and intractable; to utter sneers and insinuations.
n.1.A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick; as, the fling of a horse.
2.A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.
I, who love to have a fling,
Both at senate house and king.
- Swift.
3.A kind of dance; as, the Highland fling.
4.A trifing matter; an object of contempt.
England were but a fling
Save for the crooked stick and the gray goose wing.
- Old Proverb.
5.a short period during which one indulges one's wishes, whims, or desires in an unrestrained manner.
6.a love affair.
7.a casual or brief attempt to accomplish something.
8.a period during which one tries a new activity; as, he took a fling at playing tennis.
To have one's fling
to enjoy one's self to the full; to have a season of dissipation.
- J. H. Newman.

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