Definition of fling in English:

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Pronunciation: /fliNG/

verb (pastand past participle flung /fləNG/)

[with object]
1Throw or hurl forcefully: he picked up the debris and flung it away figurative I was flung into jail
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  • Yet they cannot stand the heat of scrutiny, nor even some of the mud they throw being flung back at them.
  • Stones and debris had been flung up on to the grassy area.
  • All of the members of the Melody crouched, throwing their hands over their heads to fling away the flying debris.
throw, toss, sling, hurl, cast, pitch, lob
informal chuck, heave
1.1Move or push (something) suddenly or violently: he flung back the bedclothes [with object]: Jennifer flung open a door
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  • Pete had had his fingers entwined in her red locks and she had let her hands roam his back when the door was suddenly flung open.
  • Wrenching the door knob violently, she flings the door open and is met with stunned glances from two suited businessmen.
  • He stopped and flung his car door open before storming back to the van, shouting.
1.2 (fling oneself) Throw oneself headlong: he flung himself down at her feet with a laugh
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  • An extremely intoxicated couple flung themselves headlong through the entrance and, for a moment, appeared as if they were going to navigate the counter hurdle-style.
  • Giggs nearly slid home a Kleberson cross, before Van Nistlerooy flung himself headlong at a Scholes cross only to head the ball wide.
  • He is restrained, courteous and tries to teach Sarah to make rituals, and savour pleasures rather than flinging herself headlong at them.
1.3 (fling oneself into) Wholeheartedly engage in or begin on (an enterprise): the producer flung himself into an ugly battle with the studio
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  • Pete's cousin had died from an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy and, with his usual enthusiasm, Pete flung himself into setting up this new charity.
  • He rarely rode for himself, but flung himself into solely helping his team leader.
  • When she got home she flung herself into the ‘getting ready’ process with enthusiasm.
1.4 (fling something on/off) Put on or take off clothes carelessly or rapidly.
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  • He'd been chilling out in the hot tub in his shorts and just flung a fur coat on.
  • Locating a sports jacket, he flung it on and tightened the draw string on his pajama pants.
  • Ant ran up to his bedroom and flung his jacket on.
1.5Utter (words) forcefully: the words were flung at her like an accusation
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  • The worst of these are rhyming words flung together arrhymically.
  • Mib stopped in mid-step, his words flung at her as if he had slapped her.
  • Humiliated, furious with herself, she turned at the last moment to fling a few last words at him.
1.6 [no object] Go angrily or violently; rush: he flung away to his study, slamming the door behind him
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  • Meta flung back quickly and landed on the floor, dust flying everywhere.


1A short period of enjoyment or wild behavior: one final fling before a tranquil retirement
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  • Again, we have a wild fling, in which the supplies of the last year are consumed.
  • But a funny thing happened this week: in our final fling for the year, the props came pouring in from all over, and suddenly, this whole enterprise doesn't seem quite so otiose.
  • Saturday's point gives them added insurance against a final fling from George Burley's Tractor Boys but even the ever-optimistic Holdsworth is playing it safe.
good time, spree, bit of fun, night on the town;
fun and games, revels, larks
informal binge
1.1A short, spontaneous sexual relationship: I had a fling with someone when I was at college
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  • She has had five serious relationships the rest have all been short flings, one-nighters and so on.
  • He didn't understand how some people could just want flings and other short relationships just for the sex.
  • It appears like you're looking for a fling or a casual sexual relationship, but it's not that simple.
affair, love affair, relationship, romance, affaire (de cœur), amour, flirtation, dalliance, liaison, entanglement, involvement, attachment
2 short for Highland fling.



Example sentences
  • Mrs. Medori is ‘la Maestra’ and conducts the concerto of flower flingers.
  • I'm more of a flinger than a floater, so my teacher catches my hips, then he stands there and counts slowly to twelve while subtly, telepathically adjusting my posture and watching for signs of collapse.
  • Torpedo and missile launchers on capital warships are essentially flingers, just very specialized ones.


Middle English (in the sense 'go violently'): perhaps related to Old Norse flengja 'flog'. sense 1 of the noun is based on an earlier sense 'reckless movement of the body' and dates from the early 19th century.

Words that rhyme with fling

Beijing, bing, bring, Chungking, cling, ding, dingaling, I Ching, king, Kunming, ling, Ming, Nanjing, Peking, ping, ring, sing, Singh, sling, spring, sting, string, swing, Synge, thing, ting, wing, wring, Xining, zing

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