To have one's fling
Fling Fling, n. 1. A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick; as, the fling of a horse. [1913 Webster]

2. A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm. [1913 Webster]

I, who love to have a fling, Both at senate house and king. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. A kind of dance; as, the Highland fling. [1913 Webster]

4. A trifing matter; an object of contempt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

England were but a fling Save for the crooked stick and the gray goose wing. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]

5. a short period during which one indulges one's wishes, whims, or desires in an unrestrained manner. [PJC]

6. a love affair. [PJC]

7. a casual or brief attempt to accomplish something. [informal]

Syn: shot. [PJC]

8. a period during which one tries a new activity; as, he took a fling at playing tennis. [PJC]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To cast in one's lot with — Cast Cast (k[.a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cast}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Casting}.] [Cf. Dan. kaste, Icel. & Sw. kasta; perh. akin to L. {gerere} to bear, carry. E. jest.] 1. To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to impel. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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