swing1 [ swıŋ ] (past tense and past participle swung [ swʌŋ ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 move from side to side
▸ 2 move in smooth curve
▸ 3 try to hit someone/something
▸ 4 (make) change state
▸ 5 be lively and enjoyable
▸ 6 about music
1. ) intransitive or transitive to move, or make something move, backward and forward or from one side to another, especially from a fixed point:
Swing your arms loosely at your sides.
The gate was swinging on its hinges.
swing to and fro: A restaurant sign swung to and fro in the wind.
swing back and forth: As she shook her head, her earrings swung back and forth.
a ) intransitive to move backward and forward on a seat called a swing
2. ) intransitive or transitive swing at/toward/around/into etc. to move in a particular direction with a smooth curving movement, or to make something move in this way:
swing something into/around/out etc.: I swung the car into a side street.
swing toward/around etc.: She swung around and stared angrily at us.
swing open/shut: The door swung shut with a loud bang.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to try to hit someone or something by making a smooth curving movement with your hand, a weapon, or a piece of sports equipment:
swing something at something/someone: He swung the bat wildly at the ball, missing it completely.
swing at: Mrs. Shaw swung at the youth with her umbrella.
4. ) intransitive or transitive to change from one emotion, condition, idea, etc. to another, or make someone or something change in this way:
She should be able to swing a significant number of women's votes.
swing from: My mother's moods swing from depression to elation.
swing the other way: Public opinion has begun to swing the other way.
5. ) intransitive INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED to be lively, exciting, and enjoyable
6. ) intransitive if music swings, it has a strong pleasant beat
used for saying that someone makes you very angry
swing the balance
to change or affect the result of something:
Some decent publicity could have swung the balance in our favor.
swing both ways INFORMAL
swing into action
to start doing something quickly and effectively, especially something that you have been trained to do:
The medical team swung into action to resuscitate the patient.
swing it INFORMAL
to succeed in achieving the result you want, especially by persuading someone to let you do something that they do not usually let people do
=> ROOM1
,swing `by phrasal verb intransitive or transitive INFORMAL
swing by something to make a short visit to a person or place:
Just swing by on your way home, okay?
I'll try and swing by your office later.
,swing `through phrasal verb intransitive or transitive AMERICAN INFORMAL
swing through something to visit a place for a short time on your way to another place
swing 2 [ swıŋ ] noun **
▸ 1 seat hanging from ropes
▸ 2 attempt to hit someone/something
▸ 3 a change of state
▸ 4 trip with quick stops
▸ 5 type of music
1. ) count a seat hanging from chains or ropes that moves backward and forward and is used especially by children:
Do you want to have a turn on the swing?
2. ) count an attempt to hit someone or something by making a smooth curving movement with your hand, a weapon, or a piece of sports equipment:
take a swing at someone/something: I clenched my fist and took a swing at him.
a ) a smooth curving movement that you make when you hit the ball with a CLUB in golf:
He spends hours practicing his swing.
3. ) count a change from one emotion, idea, condition, etc. to another:
He suffers from severe mood swings.
swing to: There has been a significant 15 percent swing to the left.
swing away from: a swing away from traditional ideas of family life
4. ) singular swing through AMERICAN a quick trip through an area in which you make short visits to several places:
The President is making a five-day swing through the region.
5. ) uncount a type of jazz dance music that was popular in the 1930s and 1940s, played by large groups of musicians and combining simple tunes with more complicated IMPROVISATION
get into the swing (of something) INFORMAL
to become used to a new situation and feel confident that you can deal with it:
I've been here a week, and I'm only just beginning to get into the swing of things.
in full swing
at the most effective or highest level of operation or activity:
The advertising campaign is already in full swing.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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