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noun swing pronunciation in British English /swɪŋ/
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  1. 2
    [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 per cent swing to Labour.
    swing away from: a swing away from traditional ideas of family life
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  2. 3
    [countable] a seat hanging from chains or ropes that moves backwards and forwards and is used especially by children
    Do you want to have a go on the swing?
  3. 5
    [singular] American a quick journey 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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