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noun swing pronunciation in American English /swɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a seat hanging from chains or ropes that moves backward and forward and is used especially by children
    Do you want to have a turn on the swing?
  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. 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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