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verb [transitive] fling pronunciation in British English /flɪŋ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleflinging
past tenseflung
past participleflung
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  1. 1
    to throw something carelessly or with a lot of force
    fling something over/across/onto etc: She flung a book across the room at me.
    His coat had been flung over the back of a chair.
  2. 2
    to move your body or part of your body quickly, and with a lot of force
    fling something around/up/back etc: I flung my arms around him.
    fling yourself down/into/onto/to something: Martin flung himself to the ground to stop the ball.
  3. 3
    to say something to someone that is intended to hurt them
    Don’t start flinging accusations just because you’re upset.
  4. 4
    to quickly open a door, window, or curtain
    fling something open/back/off: She flung open the curtains to let in the sunlight.
  5. 5
    to send someone to a place, or to make them move quickly and with force
    The king could have you flung into prison.
    He survived unhurt after being flung 25 metres in the crash.
    fling someone out (=make them leave): The management flung them out for causing a disturbance.


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