—v.t. 1. to throw, cast, or hurl with force or violence: to fling a stone. 2. to move (oneself) violently with impatience, contempt, or the like: She flung herself angrily from the room. 3. to put suddenly or violently: to fling a suspect into jail. 4. to project or speak sharply, curtly, or forcefully: He flung his answer at the questioner. 5. to involve (oneself) vigorously in an undertaking.
6. to move, do, or say (something) quickly: to fling a greeting in passing. 7. to send suddenly and rapidly: to fling fresh troops into a battle. 8. to throw aside or off.
9. to throw to the ground, as in wrestling or horseback riding.
—v.i. 1. to move with haste or violence; rush; dash.
2. to fly into violent and irregular motions, as a horse; throw the body about, as a person.
3. to speak harshly or abusively (usually fol. by out): He flung out disgustedly against the whole human race.
—n. 1. an act of flinging.
2. a short period of unrestrained pursuit of one's wishes or desires: The week of partying was my last fling before starting a new job. 3. an attempt at something: He took a fling at playwriting. 4. a critical or contemptuous remark; gibe.
5. Also called Highland fling. a lively Scottish dance characterized by flinging movements of the arms and legs.