|Origin:||From a Scandinavian language|
fling1 past tense and past participle flung [transitive always + adverb/preposition]
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.
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.
to push someone roughly, especially so that they fall to the ground [= throw]:
He grabbed her arm and flung her to the ground.
to move yourself or part of your body quickly, using a lot of force [= throw]:
move your body
He flung himself down on the bed.
She flung her arms round Louise.
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.
to open a door or window roughly, using a lot of force:
The door was flung open and Selkirk entered.
to put someone in prison, often without having a good reason:
Opposition leaders were flung into jail.
to start doing something with a lot of energy:
After the divorce he flung himself into his work to forget her.
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.
to show in a very clear, open way that you want to have a sexual relationship with someone - used to show disapproval
fling something ↔ offphrasal verb
He flung off his coat.
fling somebody/something ↔ outphrasal verb
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.
to get rid of something you no longer want or need [= throw out]:
If it doesn't work, just fling it out.