Fling v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flung p. pr. & vb. n. Flinging.]
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.
'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.
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition. --Shak.
--To fling down. (a) To throw to the ground; esp., to throw in defiance, as formerly knights cast a glove into the arena as a challenge.
This question so flung down before the guests, . . .
Was handed over by consent of all
To me who had not spoken. --Tennyson.
(b) To overturn; to demolish; to ruin.
To fling in, to throw in; not to charge in an account; as, in settling accounts, one party flings in a small sum, or a few days' work.
To fling off, to baffle in the chase; to defeat of prey; also, to get rid of. --Addison.
To fling open, to throw open; to open suddenly or with violence; as, to fling open a door.
To fling out, to utter; to speak in an abrupt or harsh manner; as, to fling out hard words against another.
To fling up, to relinquish; to abandon; as, to fling up a design.
Fling 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.
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. [Obs.]
England were but a fling
Save for the crooked stick and the gray goose wing. --Old Proverb.
To have one's fling, to enjoy one's self to the full; to have a season of dissipation. --J. H. Newman. “When I was as young as you, I had my fling. I led a life of pleasure.” --D. Jerrold.
n 1: a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it
a whirl" [syn: crack, go, pass, whirl, offer]
2: a brief indulgence of your impulses [syn: spree]
3: the act of flinging
v 1: throw with force or recklessness; "fling the frisbee"
2: move in an abrupt or headlong manner; "He flung himself onto
3: indulge oneself; "I splurged on a new TV" [syn: splurge]
4: throw or cast away; "Put away your worries" [syn: discard,
toss, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast aside,
dispose, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast
away, put away]