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last fling

A final enjoyment of freedom. For example, He's planning to have one last fling before joining the army. This expression employs fling in the sense of “a brief period of indulging one's impulses,” a usage dating from the first half of the 1800s.
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  • It was the call of freedom to the male who is soon to be shackled, to have one last fling.

    Polly and Eleanor Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Everybody, high and low, was anxious to have the last fling.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • "That was only my last fling," she replied, quite unperturbed.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • It was that spring when Dr. Nesbit went to the capital and took his last fling at State politics.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • They had tried that in America, as the last fling of the dream.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • Knowing that they were to be sent to school, they were having their last fling at life untrammeled.

    Our Next-Door Neighbors Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • At last Hermas for the second time hit the palm-tree, while Paulus had failed to reach even the mound with his last fling.

    Homo Sum, Complete Georg Ebers
  • So our cup of tea was a bit bitter, and as a last fling she said my muffins were soggy and she would send me her mother's receipt.

    The Measure of a Man Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Nickols said it would be his last fling at the old town and he proposed to leave his mark on its mossy sides.

    The Heart's Kingdom Maria Thompson Daviess

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