Definitions for: Fling

[n] the act of flinging
[n] a brief indulgence of your impulses
[n] a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
[v] throw with force or recklessness; "fling the frisbee"
[v] move in an abrupt or headlong manner; "He flung himself onto the sofa"
[v] throw or cast away; "Put away your worries"
[v] indulge oneself; "I splurged on a new TV"

Webster (1913) Definition: Fling, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flung; p. pr. & vb. n.
Flinging.] [OE. flingen, flengen, to rush, hurl; cf. Icel.
flengia to whip, ride furiously, OSw. flenga to strike, Sw.
fl["a]nga to romp, Dan. flenge to slash.]
1. To cast, send, to throw from the hand; to hurl; to dart;
to emit with violence as if thrown from the hand; as, to
fing a stone into the pond.

'T is Fate that flings the dice: and, as she flings,
Of kings makes peasants, and of peasants kings.

He . . . like Jove, his lighting flung. --Dryden.

I know thy generous temper well. Fling but the
appearance of dishonor on it, It straight takes
fire. --Addison.

2. To shed forth; to emit; to scatter.

The sun begins to fling His flaring beams. --Milton.

Every beam new transient colors flings. --Pope.

3. To throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate;
hence, to baffle; to defeat; as, to fling a party in

His horse started, flung him, and fell upon him.

To fling about, to throw on all sides; to scatter.

To fling away, to reject; to discard.

Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition.

To fling down.
(a) To throw to the ground; esp., to throw in defiance, as
formerly knights cast a glove into the arena as a

This question so flung down before the guests, .
. . Was handed over by consent of all To me who
had not spoken. --Tennyson.
(b) To overturn; to demolish; to ruin.

To fling in, to throw in; not to charge in an account; as,
in settling accounts, one party flings in a small sum, or
a few days' work.

To fling off, to baffle in the chase; to defeat of prey;
also, to get rid of. --Addison.

To fling open, to throw open; to open suddenly or with
violence; as, to fling open a door.

To fling out, to utter; to speak in an abrupt or harsh
manner; as, to fling out hard words against another.

To fling up, to relinquish; to abandon; as, to fling up a

Fling, v. i.
1. To throw; to wince; to flounce; as, the horse began to
kick and fling.

2. To cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer;
as, the scold began to flout and fling.

3. To throw one's self in a violent or hasty manner; to rush
or spring with violence or haste.

And crop-full, out of doors he flings. --Milton.

I flung closer to his breast, As sword that, after
battle, flings to sheath. --Mrs.

To fling out, to become ugly and intractable; to utter
sneers and insinuations.

Fling, n.
1. A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick;
as, the fling of a horse.

2. A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of
sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.

I, who love to have a fling, Both at senate house
and king. --Swift.

3. A kind of dance; as, the Highland fling.

4. A trifing matter; an object of contempt. [Obs.]

England were but a fling Save for the crooked stick
and the gray goose wing. --Old Proverb.

To have one's fling, to enjoy one's self to the full; to
have a season of dissipation. --J. H. Newman. ``When I was
as young as you, I had my fling. I led a life of
pleasure.'' --D. Jerrold.

Synonyms: cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, crack, discard, dispose, go, offer, pass, put away, splurge, spree, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out, whirl

See Also: abandon, attempt, blow, close out, de-access, deep-six, dump, effort, endeavor, endeavour, flip, get rid of, give it the deep six, jettison, junk, liquidize, move, pension off, pitch, remove, retire, revel, revelry, scrap, sell off, sell out, sell up, sky, squander, throw, throw, toss, trash, try, unlearn, waste

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