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noun     swing pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [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
    1. a.
      a smooth curving movement that you make when you hit the ball with a club in golf

      He spends hours practising his swing.

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

  3. 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?

  4. 4
    [uncountable] music a type of jazz dance music that was popular in the 1930s and 1940s, played by large groups of musicians and combining simple tunes with more complicated improvisation
  5. 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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