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flung

[fluhng] /flʌŋ/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of fling.

fling

[fling] /flɪŋ/
verb (used with object), flung, flinging.
1.
to throw, cast, or hurl with force or violence:
to fling a stone.
2.
to move (oneself) violently with impatience, contempt, or the like:
She flung herself angrily from the room.
3.
to put suddenly or violently:
to fling a suspect into jail.
4.
to project or speak sharply, curtly, or forcefully:
He flung his answer at the questioner.
5.
to involve (oneself) vigorously in an undertaking.
6.
to move, do, or say (something) quickly:
to fling a greeting in passing.
7.
to send suddenly and rapidly:
to fling fresh troops into a battle.
8.
to throw aside or off.
9.
to throw to the ground, as in wrestling or horseback riding.
verb (used without object), flung, flinging.
10.
to move with haste or violence; rush; dash.
11.
to fly into violent and irregular motions, as a horse; throw the body about, as a person.
12.
to speak harshly or abusively (usually followed by out):
He flung out disgustedly against the whole human race.
noun
13.
an act of flinging.
14.
a short period of unrestrained pursuit of one's wishes or desires:
The week of partying was my last fling before starting a new job.
15.
an attempt at something:
He took a fling at playwriting.
16.
a critical or contemptuous remark; gibe.
17.
Also called Highland fling. a lively Scottish dance characterized by flinging movements of the arms and legs.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; compare Swedish flänga to fly, race
Related forms
outfling, verb (used with object), outflung, outflinging.
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Examples for flung
  • Thanks to an unexpected mold outbreak in two residence halls, that far-flung fantasy is about to come true.
  • If all you need to do is chat with far-flung students, there are many easier ways to do it.
  • Students at far-flung campuses can now participate simultaneously during lectures with the push of a button.
  • Long-lost friends can reconnect, far-flung ones can stay in touch.
  • The busy parent can stay in touch with far-flung friends.
  • Usually these discussions leave my head spinning, unable to keep track of all of the concepts being flung my way.
  • The stock market gradually climbed, but it was besieged by both far-flung debt crises and domestic flash crashes.
  • If you open it up, you'll see the wet clothes flung against the side of the washer.
  • The royalties financed far-flung bird recording trips.
  • The good to be sought and the evil to be shunned were flung in the balance and weighed against each other.
British Dictionary definitions for flung

flung

/flʌŋ/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of fling

fling

/flɪŋ/
verb (mainly transitive) flings, flinging, flung (flʌŋ)
1.
to throw, esp with force or abandon; hurl or toss
2.
to put or send without warning or preparation to fling someone into jail
3.
(also intransitive) to move (oneself or a part of the body) with abandon or speed he flung himself into a chair
4.
(usually foll by into) to apply (oneself) diligently and with vigour (to)
5.
to cast aside; disregard she flung away her scruples
6.
to utter violently or offensively
7.
(poetic) to give out; emit
noun
8.
the act or an instance of flinging; toss; throw
9.
a period or occasion of unrestrained, impulsive, or extravagant behaviour to have a fling
10.
any of various vigorous Scottish reels full of leaps and turns, such as the Highland fling
11.
a trial; try to have a fling at something different
Derived Forms
flinger, noun
Word Origin
C13: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse flengja to flog, Swedish flänga, Danish flænge
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Word Origin and History for flung

past participle of fling (v.).

fling

v.

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.

n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flung

fling

noun
  1. A period of pleasure and indulgence, often as relaxation after or before stern responsibilities: He had a last fling before going to the monastery (1827+)
  2. A try; crack, go, shot: Will you have a fling at climbing that wall? (1592+)
  3. A dance; party; shindig (1940s+ Students)

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Idioms and Phrases with flung
In addition to the idiom beginning with fling also see: last fling
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