Other forms: flung; flinging; flings

To fling is to throw something with force. You'll start a food fight in the cafeteria if you fling your vegetables at the kid across the table.

The act of throwing something recklessly or with force can also be called a fling. Your mail sorting ritual might be putting bills in one pile and personal letters in another, then giving junk mail a fling into the recycling bin. A brief period of revelry or indulgence is another kind of fling. You and your friends could plan a weekend fling in New York, staying in a hotel, eating out, and shopping without worrying about how much money you spend.

Definitions of fling
  1. verb
    throw with force or recklessness
    fling the frisbee”
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    flip, pitch, sky, toss
    throw or toss with a light motion
    throw with an underhand motion
    throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins
    throw back, toss back
    throw back with a quick, light motion
    type of:
    propel through the air
  2. verb
    throw or cast away
    synonyms: cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out
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    discard something previously learnt, like an old habit
    deep-six, give it the deep six
    toss out; get rid of
    throw away, of something encumbering
    junk, scrap, trash
    dispose of (something useless or old)
    get rid of
    throw away as refuse
    dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
    forsake; leave behind
    liquidize, sell out, sell up
    get rid of all one's merchandise
    dispose of by selling
    close out
    terminate by selling off or disposing of
    chuck, ditch
    throw away
    dispense with
    forgo or do or go without
    forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive
    lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime
    commit forever; commit irrevocably
    type of:
    get rid of, remove
    dispose of
  3. verb
    move in an abrupt or headlong manner
    “He flung himself onto the sofa”
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. noun
    the act of flinging
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    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
  5. verb
    indulge oneself
    synonyms: splurge
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    consume, squander, ware, waste
    spend extravagantly
  6. noun
    a brief indulgence of your impulses
    synonyms: spree
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    spending spree
    a brief period of extravagant spending
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    decadence, intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
    excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
  7. noun
    a usually brief attempt
    synonyms: crack, go, offer, pass, whirl
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    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something




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