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fling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fling throw with force or recklessness "fling the frisbee"
    • v fling move in an abrupt or headlong manner "He flung himself onto the sofa"
    • v fling throw or cast away "Put away your worries"
    • v fling indulge oneself "I splurged on a new TV"
    • n fling the act of flinging
    • n fling a brief indulgence of your impulses
    • n fling a usually brief attempt "he took a crack at it","I gave it a whirl"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many hundreds of years ago when the well-known style of Irish dancing began in the country side of Ireland, most houses of the poor - and that means most houses - only had a dirt floor which was not a lot of use for dancing on if you were holding a ceildh (pronounced kay-lee and meaning party - more or less). So in order to make the dancing easier the owners of the house which was holding the party would take the doors off their hinges and lay them on the floor. There was just enough room on each door for two people to dance, providing they did not fling their arms about - hence the original name for Irish dancing - Door Dancing.
    • Fling A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick; as, the fling of a horse.
    • Fling a casual or brief attempt to accomplish something.
    • Fling A kind of dance; as, the Highland fling .
    • Fling a love affair.
    • Fling a period during which one tries a new activity; as, he took a fling at playing tennis.
    • Fling 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."
    • Fling a short period during which one indulges one's wishes, whims, or desires in an unrestrained manner.
    • Fling A trifing matter; an object of contempt. "England were but a fling Save for the crooked stick and the gray goose wing."
    • Fling To cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer; as, the scold began to flout and fling .
    • Fling 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 .""I know thy generous temper well. Fling but the appearance of dishonor on it,
      It straight takes fire."
    • Fling To shed forth; to emit; to scatter. "The sun begins to fling His flaring beams.""Every beam new transient colors flings ."
    • Fling 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 .""I flung closer to his breast,
      As sword that, after battle, flings to sheath."
    • Fling To throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate; hence, to baffle; to defeat; as, to fling a party in litigation. "His horse started, flung him, and fell upon him."
    • Fling To throw; to wince; to flounce; as, the horse began to kick and fling .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fling To throw, cast, or hurl; especially, to throw with force, violence, or swiftness, with ardor, vehemence, disdain, impatience, or indifference: as, the waves flung the ship upon the rocks; his antagonist flung him to the ground; to fling a sarcasm at an opponent; they flung themselves suddenly upon the enemy; to fling a penny to a beggar.
    • fling To throw aside or off, as a burden.
    • fling To get rid of.
    • fling To act by throwing in some particular way; discharge a missile, or something analogous to a missile.
    • fling To aim a blow, as with a weapon; let fly.
    • fling To hasten; fly; rush.
    • fling To start away with a sudden motion, as in token of displeasure; rush away in anger.
    • fling To fly into violent and irregular motions; flounce; throw out the legs violently, as a horse; kick.
    • fling To utter harsh or abusive language; upbraid; sneer: as, she began to flout and fling.
    • n fling A throw; a cast from the hand.
    • n fling Entire freedom of action; wild dash into pleasure, adventure, or excitement of any kind; enjoyment of pleasure to the full extent of one's opportunities.
    • n fling A lively Scotch country-dance; a reel or hornpipe, especially of the kind called the Highland fling, usually danced by one person.
    • n fling A gibe; a sneer; a sarcasm; a severe or contemptuous remark.
    • n fling A slight, trifling matter: in the following proverb:
    • n fling A sudden or rapid throwing; a whipping action; a sidewise motion with respect to the principal direction of motion: as, the fling of a connecting-rod.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fling fling to strike or throw from the hand: to dart: to send forth: to scatter: to throw (of a horse)
    • v.i Fling to act in a violent and irregular manner: to kick out with the legs: to upbraid: to sneer:—pr.p. fling′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. flung
    • n Fling a cast or throw: a taunt: complete freedom, full enjoyment of pleasure: a lively Scotch country-dance
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Quotations

  • Orison Swett Marden
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    “Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it; that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it.”
  • Virginia Woolf
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    “Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “If you believed more in life you would fling yourself less to the moment.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flingen, flengen, to rush, hurl; cf. Icel. flengia, to whip, ride furiously, OSw. flenga, to strike, Sw. flänga, to romp, Dan. flenge, to slash

Usage

In literature:

Suddenly, with a passionate gesture, he stopped, flinging up his empty right hand.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
And indeed, she was one of the first cities of Italy to fling off the Lombard yoke.
"Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa" by Edward Hutton
Sadly I wendid my way to his peaceful home, dreadin to fling over that house the pall uv despair.
"“Swingin Round the Cirkle.”" by Petroleum V. Nasby
I would just fling it in his face.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Fling me in some leaves, Bevis, dear.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
Down drop the sails; in order ranged, each crew Flings up the foam to heaven, and sweeps the sparkling blue.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
It seemed to fling him an airy challenge.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Then a little steel ring shifted suddenly, flinging aside the coined ducat, and a fresh gold piece took its place.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
Suddenly I remembered that more than once she had besought me with tears in her eyes to fling away my old tobacco-pouch.
"My Lady Nicotine" by J. M. Barrie
He guessed the kid would sober up after a fling.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
It is very hard to tear out from one's heart and fling away from it the only love that one has cherished!
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
When this was accomplished, Frank gave the felines a fling toward the group at the foot of the stairs.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
He was afraid that if he allowed himself to do so he would fling himself at her feet.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
I mean, instead of trying to save them from each other, we ought to fling them together, in some way.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
Eleanor had arrived from school just in time to fling herself heart and soul into the enterprise.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
I would not look away from him, lest he should spring on me or fling himself from the boat.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
He fought off my grasp with maniacal strength, and succeeded in flinging open the door.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
In a start he stiffened to action, flinging hand to his pistol.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
Down drops the head till the hot blast of nostrils flings up the mouldering soil of the ages.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Why did not you pinch a flower In a pellet of clay and fling it?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
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In poetry:

No ghostly arms fling up to heaven
The agony of prayer;
No spectral steed impatient shakes
His white mane on the air.
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And from a gloomy cloud above
When Death his shadow flings,
The Spirit of Immortal Love
Will shield us with his wings.
"A Sunset Fantasy" by Victor James Daley
I have no songs to sing,
That you should heed or know:
I have no lilies, in full hands, to fling
Across the path you go.
"Amor Umbratilis" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Then shall I know that Spring among the trees
Hiding is, and that the breeze
Anew will fling abroad odours and melodies.
"Farewell To Spring" by Alfred Austin
Heard ye that shriek?-- O wretch, forbear,
Fling down thy bloody knife:
In fear, if not in pity, spare
A woman, and a wife!
"Cruelty" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And when Night across the air
Shall her solemn shadow fling,
Touching voice of our despair,
Long the nightingale shall sing.
"En Sourdine" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

Fling has settled in nicely in Murfreesboro.
Forrest opens Blue Cross Spring Fling with 4-2 win.
The loss ended Brad Rowlett's first season as head coach in the BlueCross Spring Fling with a record of 34-15-1.
Verbena third graders Austin Nance, left, and Jackson Daugherty, right, race along an inflatable water slide at the school's Spring Fling on May 21.
Monday's thunderstorms subsided long enough for Verbena students to enjoy outdoor amusements during their Spring Fling event.
ROTTERDAM — Now that we appear to be past a series of rainy days, the "Spring Fling " at Mallozzi's Ballrooms & Catering on Friday night seems like a good deal.
It's The "Spring Fling " This Weekend.
Spring Fling at Live Oak Manor Elementary in Waggaman delights families.
Patrons meandered the sidewalks with spring fever, looking for new landscaping items and outdoor décor during the 11th annual Spring Fling .
Georgetown University explains WTF a "Zombie Fling" is, and why it should be avoided.
Spring Fling Physics Demonstration Show.
Eat well and enjoy Gershwin at Philharmonic's Spring Fling.
I'd heard about older friends' hippie adventures running off to Hana to hide out after a divorce or have a wild fling.
49ers' Manning fling didn't irk Smith, he says.
PORT NECHES — Spring flings are happening in Mid-County and the Port Arthur News invites readers to send information for this compilation.
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