EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLING

Why does he fling himself from his horse and stare so strangely about him?

The girl started, and tried to fling off the caressing hand.

I ought, of course, to fling myself into the chasm like that Roman fellow; but, hang it!

Then it dawned on Drumsheugh that the doctor was attempting the Highland fling.

You remember how Dick used to fling back his head when he laughed?

Let a fellow once go down, and he's kept down: every dog has a fling at him.

Injustice has always roused me to revolt, and injustice was certainly having its fling.

I cling for a second to what is, and then I fling myself headlong into what is to be.

You have begun life at the top of the tree, and you have chosen to fling your chances into the gutter.

Also the camel-goose might fling his neck about the villain, and strangle him.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, probably from or related to Old Norse flengja "to flog," of uncertain origin. The Middle English intransitive sense is that suggested by phrase have a fling at "make a try." An obsolete word for "streetwalker, harlot" was fling-stink (1670s). Related: Flung; flinging.

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verblift, throw with effort
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