Fling

Fling

, n. 1. A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick; as, the fling of a horse.
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2. A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.
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I, who love to have a fling,
Both at senate house and king.
Swift.
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3. A kind of dance; as, the Highland fling.
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4. A trifing matter; an object of contempt. [Obs.]
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England were but a fling
Save for the crooked stick and the gray goose wing.
Old Proverb.
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5. a short period during which one indulges one's wishes, whims, or desires in an unrestrained manner.
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6. a love affair.
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7. a casual or brief attempt to accomplish something. [informal]
Syn. -- shot.
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8. a period during which one tries a new activity; as, he took a fling at playing tennis.
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To have one's fling, to enjoy one's self to the full; to have a season of dissipation. J. H. Newman. "When I was as young as you, I had my fling. I led a life of pleasure." D. Jerrold.
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