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A lively folk dance originating in the Highlands of Scotland.
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(Dancing) a vigorous Scottish solo dance
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v. flung, fling•ing,
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.v.i.
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).n.
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]
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