slinging


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sling 1

 (slĭng)
n.
1.
a. A weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a stone is whirled and then let fly.
b. A slingshot.
2. A looped rope, strap, or chain for supporting, cradling, or hoisting something, especially:
a. A band suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.
b. A length of fabric worn on the body for carrying an infant.
c. A strap of a shoe that fits over the heel.
d. A strap used to carry a rifle over the shoulder.
e. Nautical A rope or chain that attaches to the mast and supports a yard.
3. The act of hurling something.
tr.v. slung (slŭng), sling·ing, slings
1.
a. To hurl with a sling: sling stones.
b. To throw or fling: "He ripped out the fish guts and slung them to the gulls" (Donna Morrissey).
2.
a. To move by means of a sling; raise or lower in a sling: sling cargo into a hold.
b. To place in a hanging or supported position: sling a towel over one's shoulder.
Idiom:
slings and arrows
Difficulties or hardships.

[Middle English slinge.]

sling′er n.

sling 2

 (slĭng)
n.
A drink consisting of brandy, whiskey, or gin, sweetened and usually lemon-flavored.

[Origin unknown.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slinging - throwing with a wide motion (as if with a sling)
throw - the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist); "the catcher made a good throw to second base"
References in classic literature ?
he returned, dismounting, and slinging his bridle on a hook by the door.
It seems that some days since Councillor Bachaumont remarked at the palace that rebels and agitators reminded him of schoolboys slinging -- qui frondent -- stones from the moats round Paris, young urchins who run off the moment the constable appears, only to return to their diversion the instant his back is turned.
As he was a considerable distance from the camp, he cut out the tongue and some of the choice bits, made them into a parcel, and slinging them on his shoulders by a strap passed round his forehead, as the voyageurs carry packages of goods, set out all glorious for the camp, anticipating a triumph over his brother hunters.