Definition of swing in English:
verb (swings, swinging; past and past participle swungswəNG)
- The heavy black oak door swung to behind me with a muffled moan of protesting hinges.
- I could see the shed in the distance, and I watched in horror as the door began to swing shut.
- The litter was carried through the entrance, and the door was swung shut behind them.
- Before the ship puts to sea, it is swung through the complete circle from 0° to 360°.
- The Compass Engineer will swing the ship through the major compass points and determine the deviation on each point.
- Much importance is also attached to the swinging of ships in dock before going to sea.
- It wasn't a hanging offence but he swung for it anyway.
- Nobody should get away with planting a bomb in a public place without swinging for it.
- He will swing for it next week, unless a petition for his life takes effect.
- He tied a rope to a limb and would swing out, leap into the air and land, usually, on his feet.
- Gripping the supports, I swung out above the water, the air heavy and damp, the sky grey.
- Others never quite take the leap, unable to climb the ladder and unwilling to swing off the trapeze platform.
- I push the tiller across and as the boat swings round I stand up and move across the boat.
- On the final approach to the climb the road turns sharply back on itself and, just when I need it most, the wind which has been in my face all day swings round to assist me.
- The thought causes Julia to grimace for a moment until a figure swings round in front of her.
- If your gait swings so that your feet are pointed outward or inward, you may end up with the duck or the pigeon-toed walking styles.
- Cath got to school at around seven thirty and swung along to the main office.
- He whistled and hummed old tunes as he swung along.
- She carefully walked her bike over to the starting line and swung her leg so she was straddling the bike.
- He recoiled revealing another who swung his gun into line with me.
- I unzip my bag, swing my legs and feet to the floor, and dress.
- But then, instead of swinging the club back, simply bring it to the halfway position I've described.
- In one fluid motion Carlotta swung the torch and clubbed Don Antonio as hard as she could over the head.
- He first suggested he might skip the Masters in January, when his lower back caused problems swinging the club.
- The leader swung at him, but Jack stepped around the punch and jammed the knife in the man's spine.
- He ducked as she swung at him then lunged upward, throwing a hard punch at her jaw.
- She grumbled, swinging at him, knowing well that he would catch her punch before it even came close to landing.
- I mean, perhaps the prisoner had himself swung a punch around the corner where you couldn't see it.
- He swung a punch at her face causing her to fall and then grabbed her by the coat, dragging her along and spitting at her.
- The teenager said he was only acting in self-defence when the youth swung a punch at him.
- As opinion has swung against them, so society's attitude to fatherhood has also begun to change.
- But public opinion has swung against off-roading, and the police are now actively seeking solutions.
- As a genius, his thoughts and opinions don't have to be consistent because they swing with whatever mood he happens to be in.
- This volatile issue was used to mobilize voters and swing elections at all levels.
- Today cognitive scientists pre-test messages and images with focus groups comprising types of voters who might swing an election.
- Only thirty students from the state school are registered to vote, so it isn't likely to swing the election.
- Even as late as 2000, he could probably have swung it.
- At Manchester United, you had Monday morning and all day Thursday on academic things, so that's what swung it.
- But the thing she believes really swung it was that her husband was foreign and not even European.
- Ellington could swing with the strains of Egypt as much as the wails of Harlem.
- It took Fats a tune or two to get over his initial discomfort, but soon he was swinging like only Fats Waller could swing.
- Jazz bands swing, they groove, they jump, smoke, wail and wig out.
- Back among their brethren in Harlem many took comfort in late-night jams - where the music really swung - but also in drink and hard drugs.
- The music swings and the professionals perform elaborately energetic movements.
- These dozen folk-punk songs swing with an infectious rhythm.
- I would like to get them to swing more often to impress my partner.
- It doesn't mean your husband is bored with you but don't get too mad if he does swing with another partner at the club.
- We know a few couples who swing regularly.
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- The chains that had been holding the seat of the swing up were still sticking straight out.
- An electricity company is warning children to stay away from its cables after workers found a rope swing attached to live wires.
- All that's left are a couple of lengths of chain, swings long gone.
- Warm hands brushed my shoulders and I shrieked, lashing out with a violent swing of my arms.
- Turning with a swing of his arms, Randy loped down the steps and across the grass to his own home, already noisy with the bickering of his parents.
- Dean punctuated the moment with a swing of his arm and a yell.
- The researchers referred to timing as those forces that are applied to the golf club during the swing.
- A proper stroke has been compared to the proper swing of a golf club.
- In addition to the above, other factors need to be considered and corrected to improve your golf swing.
- Here, layers are added at the chin length to increase hair volume and give some swing.
- A full skirt adds swing and style.
- Until the 1920s, the most accurate timepieces depended on the regular swing of a pendulum.
- Minor parties tend not to be elected, and the constituency system exaggerates national swings in votes to produce a larger than proportional swing in the numbers of seats won or lost.
- A swing of three million votes is gigantic in our society where party allegiances are formed in childhood and reinforced by an omnipresent media.
- A swing of 100,000 votes in a over two decades is quite phenomenal, and it points to a future where Unionists can no longer demand that it is their way or the highway.
- His choreography is full of intricate rhythms done with up-tempo swing and other driving jazz music forms.
- It's certainly not easy for a jazz pianist famous for swing to turn over to bebop.
- The band has a wide appeal, playing everything from small band swing to Dixieland jazz and 50s influenced rhythm and blues.
- On record, he is a master of filling spaces with innovative licks, whilst still leaving enough room for the music's swing and rhythm to ease the tunes along.
- It is perhaps the busiest of the productions on the album working more of a swing into its rhythmic structure.
- But it's the song's swing rather than its lyrics that keep it agitated.
- Also afterwards, President Bush opened a five-day campaign swing with a bus tour in Florida.
- Cheney just finished a campaign swing through Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
- Now his comments came ahead of a campaign swing by President Bush.
- Beginning as a swing and understudy in 1996, the teenager eventually scored a major role and performed the lead as an understudy about ten times.
- Former Joffrey dancer Meg Paul, who has been with the production from its workshop days as both a swing and an understudy, is now also a dance captain.
- Powell went on a week after she was hired as a swing on Hairspray.
- 1get (back) into the swing of things
- informal Get used to (or return to) being easy and relaxed about an activity or routine one is engaged in.Example sentences
- I'm going to try to get back into the swing of things from now on and hopefully establish a routine, not just with the blogging, but with other things to, like revision for one.
- I did what I knew best, and eventually, I got into the swing of things.
- I have adapted pretty quick to it and got into the swing of things.
- 2in full swing
- At the height of activity: by nine-thirty the dance was in full swingMore example sentences
- The carnival is in full swing with plenty of activities for all the family.
- Come New Year the gym will be full of newbies and the diet season will be in full swing.
- A new 6pm to midnight shift was introduced this month, when the festive party season was in full swing.
- 3swing into action
- Quickly begin acting or operating.Example sentences
- Long-prepared procedures, contained in the Underground's emergency plan, began to swing into action.
- An action plan prepared by the health authority had already begun to swing into action and many key changes were under way.
- A massive clear-up operation is to swing into action at a playing field which travellers occupied for more than six weeks.
- Example sentences
- They often visited primitive swingers' chat sites and realized that people wanted to see what their fellow swingers looked like before meeting up in person.
- I shouted to a middle-aged couple, who, it turned out, were meth-addicted swingers from Virginia.
- He said they watched too much television, burned their yard lights too brightly, and had too much of a reputation for being swingers.
Old English swingan 'to beat, whip', also 'rush', geswing 'a stroke with a weapon', of Germanic origin; related to German schwingen 'brandish'.
Our word swing meant both ‘to beat or whip’ and ‘to rush, to fling yourself’ in Old English. The ‘playground swing’ sense of the noun dates from the late 17th century. The saying what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts (early 20th century), usually shortened to swings and roundabouts is a metaphor not from the playground but from the fairground. To swing the lead is nautical. Swinging the lead was the job of lowering a lump of lead on a rope to ascertain the depth of water, a task which in itself was quite important but which sailors perhaps sometimes deliberately did as slowly as possible to avoid being assigned a more strenuous duty. Swing (late 19th century) is an easy flowing but vigorous rhythm, especially in jazz. ‘It don't mean a thing / If it ain't got that swing’ is from the song ‘It Don't Mean a Thing’ ( 1932), by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills. In the 1930s a swinger was a jazz musician who played with ‘swing’. The 1960s saw the swinger become a lively, fashionable person, and also someone who was into partner-swapping or group sex—known as swinging.
Words that rhyme with swingBeijing, bing, bring, Chungking, cling, ding, dingaling, fling, I Ching, king, Kunming, ling, Ming, Nanjing, Peking, ping, ring, sing, Singh, sling, spring, sting, string, Synge, thing, ting, wing, wring, Xining, zing
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