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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: From a Scandinavian language

fling

1 verb
     
fling1 past tense and past participle flung [transitive always + adverb/preposition]
1

throw something

to throw something somewhere using a lot of force
fling something into something
He flung the box into the river.
People cheered and flung their hats into the air.
2

move something

to throw or move something roughly and carelessly:
He flung his coat over the back of a chair.
She flung back the covers and got up.
He flung the books aside angrily.
3

push somebody

to push someone roughly, especially so that they fall to the ground [= throw]:
He grabbed her arm and flung her to the ground.
4

move your body

to move yourself or part of your body quickly, using a lot of force [= throw]:
He flung himself down on the bed.
She flung her arms round Louise.
5

say something

to say something to someone in an angry way [= throw]
fling something at somebody
People were flinging all sorts of accusations at her.
His own words were flung back at him.
6

fling something open

to open a door or window roughly, using a lot of force:
The door was flung open and Selkirk entered.
7

fling somebody in prison/jail

to put someone in prison, often without having a good reason:
Opposition leaders were flung into jail.
8

fling yourself into something

to start doing something with a lot of energy:
After the divorce he flung himself into his work to forget her.
9

fling yourself at somebody

a) to move suddenly towards someone in order to attack them or hold them:
He flung himself at her and snatched the bag.
The children flung themselves at him, squealing with joy.
b) informal to show in a very clear, open way that you want to have a sexual relationship with someone - used to show disapproval

fling something ↔ off

phrasal verb
to quickly remove a piece of clothing [= tear off]:
He flung off his coat.

fling somebody/something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1 to make someone leave a place when they do not want to [= throw out]
fling somebody/something ↔ out of
He was flung out of school for swearing at a teacher.
2 to get rid of something you no longer want or need [= throw out]:
If it doesn't work, just fling it out.

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