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noun swing pronunciation in American English /swɪŋ/
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pluralswings
  1. 2
    [countable] an attempt to hit someone or something by making a smooth curving movement with your hand, a weapon, or a piece of sports equipment
    take a swing at someone/something:

    I clenched my fist and took a swing at him.

    1. a.
      a smooth curving movement that you make when you hit the ball with a club in golf

      He spends hours practicing his swing.

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  2. 3
    [countable] a change from one emotion, idea, condition, etc. to another

    He suffers from severe mood swings.

    swing to:

    There has been a significant 15 percent swing to the left.

    swing away from:

    a swing away from traditional ideas of family life

  3. 4
    [singular] American a quick trip through an area in which you make short visits to several places
    swing through:

    The President is making a five-day swing through the region.

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