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noun British English pronunciation: swing /swɪŋ/ 
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singularswing
pluralswings
 
  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

  2. 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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