How to use
past tense and past participle
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
He grabbed her arm and flung her to the ground.
move your body
to move yourself or part of your body quickly, using a lot of force
down on the bed.
to say something to someone in an angry way
fling something at somebody
People were flinging all sorts of accusations at her.
His own words were flung back at him.
fling something open
to open a door or window roughly, using a lot of force
The door was flung open and Selkirk entered.
fling somebody in prison/jail
to put someone in prison, often without having a good reason
Opposition leaders were flung into jail.
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.
fling yourself at somebody
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 ↔
to quickly remove a piece of clothing
He flung off his coat.
fling somebody/something ↔
to make someone leave a place when they do not want to
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
If it doesn't work, just fling it out.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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