An act of throwing, often violently.
An act of moving the limbs or body with violent movements, especially in a dance.
An act or period of unrestrained indulgence.
* D. Jerrold
- the fling of a horse
Short, often sexual relationship.
- When I was as young as you, I had my fling . I led a life of pleasure.
(figuratively) An attempt, a try (as in "give it a fling" ).
(obsolete) A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.
* Jonathan Swift
- I had a fling with a girl I met on holiday.
A kind of dance.
- I, who love to have a fling , / Both at senate house and king.
(obsolete) A trifing matter; an object of contempt.
* Old proverb
- the Highland fling
- England were but a fling / Save for the crooked stick and the grey goose wing.
To throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl.
- 'Tis Fate that flings the dice: and, as she flings, / Of kings makes peasants, and of peasants kings.
* 2011 , Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/15210221.stm]
- I know thy generous temper well. / Fling but the appearance of dishonour on it, / It straight takes fire.
(archaic) To throw oneself in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste.
- Wilkinson was struggling, sending the re-start straight into touch and flinging a pass the same way, and France then went close to the first try of the contest as Clerc took a long pass out on the left and was just bundled into touch by the corner flag.
* Elizabeth Browning
- And crop-full, out of doors he flings .
(archaic) To throw; to wince; to flounce.
* Helen Crocket, The Ettrick Shepherd's Last Tale
- I flung' closer to his breast, / As sword that, after battle, ' flings to sheath.
(archaic) To utter abusive language; to sneer.
- The horse flung most potently, making his heels fly aloft in the air.
- The scold began to flout and fling .
That can fly.
Brief or hurried.
- (flying fox)
(nautical, of a sail) Not secured by yards.
- (flying visit)
An act of flight.
* 1993 , John C. Greene, ?Gladys L. H. Clark, The Dublin Stage, 1720-1745 (page 58)
- "Flyings'" could vary considerably in complexity and lavishness and could involve an actor or property being either lifted from the stage into the flies above or vice versa. As Colin Visser has observed, ' flyings and sinkings are both "associated with supernatural manifestations of various kinds"