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Highland fling

A lively folk dance originating in the Highlands of Scotland.
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Highland fling

(Dancing) a vigorous Scottish solo dance
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v. flung, fling•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to throw or cast with force, violence, or abandon.
2. to move (oneself) violently or abruptly: She flung herself angrily from the room.
3. to put or send suddenly or without preparation: to fling someone into jail.
4. to project or speak sharply or aggressively.
5. to involve (oneself) vigorously in an undertaking.
6. to move, do, or say quickly.
7. to throw aside or off.
8. to move with haste or violence.
9. to fly into violent and irregular motions, as a horse.
10. to speak harshly or abusively (usu. fol. by out).
11. an act or instance of flinging.
12. a short period of unrestrained pursuit of one's desires.
13. an attempt at something: to have a fling at playwriting.
14. a lively Scottish dance.
[1250–1300; Middle English]
fling′er, n.
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Noun1.Highland fling - a vigorous Scottish reelhighland fling - a vigorous Scottish reel    
Scottish reel, reel - a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps
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"I'll answer by doing the Highland fling or the sailor's hornpipe; and you -- well, let me see -- oh, I've got it -- you can do Hamlet's soliloquy."
So Rose sat in state enjoying herself very much, for the lads proceeded to dance a Highland Fling with a spirit and skill that made her clap her hands and laugh as she had not done for weeks.
Why I KNOW of fifteen and sixpence that came to Southampton one night last month, to see me dance the Highland Fling; and what's the consequence?
She invited several delighted girls who presented her with a posy up on to the stage for an impromptu Highland Fling and Irish jig.
"One of the highlights was taking a team of daredevils to the Garry Bridge, in Killiecrankie, to complete the Highland Fling Swing.
Meanwhile, Buchanan High youngsters also held a Scottish dancethemed day where they showed their finest Highland Fling and country moves during a cracking ceilidh.
HIGHLAND FLING Highland Lodge, trained by Jimmy Moffatt (right), can repeat his 2015 Becher victory
She said: "They announced the Highland Fling - first place; the Sword Dance - first place; the Seann Truibhas - first place.
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WHW race director Ian Beattie said: "Credit for an ultra running boom in Scotland must go to Murdo MacDonald, who used to be the race director of the Highland Fling.
Then, wrapped in each other's arms, they leapt off the Highland Fling Bungee platform at Killiecrankie in full wedding attire.

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