swing noun

1 change in public opinion, sb's mood, etc.

ADJ. big, dramatic, huge, sharp, violent violent swings in policy | modest, small | 10%, etc. | adverse, negative The Conservatives suffered an adverse swing of 6%. | sudden, wild his sudden swings of mood | late a late swing towards the Tories | national | electoral | mood She suffers from severe mood swings.

VERB + SWING need, require The party needs a swing of only 2.5% to win the seat. | represent This represents a swing of 14% towards Labour. | suffer (from)

PREP. ~ against a dramatic swing against the socialists | ~ away from the swing away from science in the sixth form | ~ from, ~ in a sharp swing in the attitudes of many economists | ~ to/towards/in favour of signs of a late swing to the Democrats

2 swinging movement

ADJ. wild | backward, forward | golf | practice

VERB + SWING do, make, take the technique for making the perfect golf swing | change | practise golfers practising their swings

PREP. ~ at He took a wild swing at the ball.

3 swinging seat

VERB + SWING go/play on Some kids were playing on the swings.

PREP. on a/the ~

swing verb

1 move backwards and forwards/from side to side

ADV. gently, slowly | violently, wildly She lashed out, her arm swinging wildly. | back and forth, backwards and forwards, from side to side, to and fro The pendulum swung slowly backwards and forwards.

PREP. from I could see him swinging from the branch of a large tree.

2 move smoothly

VERB + SWING slowly | suddenly | sharply The road swung sharply round. | across, around/round, away, back, down, off, up Hearing a sarcastic note in his voice, she swung around to face him.

VERB + SWING let sth She let the door swing shut behind her.

PREP. from She swung down from the tree in one easy movement. | into He swung up into the saddle and rode off. | towards Niccolo ` swung towards her.

PHRASES swing open/shut/to

3 change quickly

ADV. rapidly | suddenly | wildly The balance of power swung wildly from one party to the other. | heavily Opinion swung heavily to the left.

PREP. from, to Her mood could swing rapidly from gloom to exhilaration.

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