Date: 1200-1300
Origin: From a Scandinavian language


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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