At one point the Duke lost his grip of the “doughnut” and was flung out to the sea, The Sun reported.
Roberson and two other security men were flung backward and died at once.
They flung the flowers out over the cliff; and then something strange happened that you may not believe.
c.1300, probably from or related to Old Norse flengja "to flog," of uncertain origin. The Middle English intransitive sense is that suggested by phrase have a fling at "make a try." An obsolete word for "streetwalker, harlot" was fling-stink (1670s). Related: Flung; flinging.
"attempt, attack," early 14c.; see fling (v.). Sense of "period of indulgence on the eve of responsibilities" first attested 1827. Meaning "vigorous dance" (associated with the Scottish Highlands) is from 1806.