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 .
To steal or snatch.
* 1968 , , 00:48:18:
- Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
- "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
To grab or bat quickly.
- He swiped his card at the door.
- The cat swiped at the shoelace.
(countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
(countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
(countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
(uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
- Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.