|Origin:||swingan 'to beat, go quickly'|
swing1 W3 past tense and past participle swung
to make regular movements forwards and backwards or from one side to another while hanging from a particular point, or to make something do this:
move from a fixed point[intransitive and transitive]
Let your arms swing as you walk.
a sign swinging in the wind
He was swinging his bag back and forth.
She swung her legs from side to side.
swing something by something
He marched around, swinging the gun by its handle.
to move quickly in a smooth curve in one direction, or to make something do this:
move in a curve[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
A black car swung into the drive.
Kate swung her legs out of bed.
The heavy door swung shut.
Swinging her bag over her shoulder, she hurried on.
to move your arm or something you are holding to try and hit something
hit[intransitive and transitive]
swing something at somebody/something
She swung her bag at him.
swing at somebody/something (with something)
Garson swung at the ball and missed.
He started swinging at me with his fists.
if emotions or opinions swing, or if something swings them, they change quickly to the opposite of what they were
change opinions/emotions[intransitive and transitive]
Do campaign gifts swing votes?
The war had begun to swing in Britain's favor.
swing to the Right/Left (=in politics)
to suddenly begin work that needs doing, using a lot of energy and effort:
Politicians have already swung into action.
to sit on a swing and make it move backwards and forwards by moving your legs
to arrange for something to happen, although it takes a lot of effort to do this:
arrange something[transitive] spoken
We managed to swing it so that they will travel together.
someone who swings both ways is bisexual
9 British English
to avoid work by pretending to be ill
➔ there's not enough room to swing a catat room1 (5)
swing around/roundphrasal verb
She swung around to face him.
swing something/somebody ↔ around/round
He swung the boat around and headed for the shore.
swing byphrasal verb
I'll swing by the grocery store on my way.