swing

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noun
1 change in public opinion, sb's mood, etc.
ADJECTIVE
big, dramatic, huge, sharp, violent, wide (esp. AmE)

violent swings in policy

small
10%, etc.
sudden, wild

his sudden swings of mood

electoral, national (esp. BrE)
mood

She suffers from severe mood swings.

VERB + SWING
need

The party needs a swing of only 2.5% to win.

represent

This represents a swing of 14% against the party.

suffer, suffer from
SWING + NOUN
state, vote, voter (all esp. AmE)

Ohio is a swing state in the presidential election.

PREPOSITION
swing in favour of (BrE), swing to, swing towards/toward

signs of a late swing to the Democrats

swing against

a dramatic swing against the socialists

swing away from

the swing away from science in schools

swing from
swing in

a sharp swing in the attitudes of economists

2 swinging movement
ADJECTIVE
wild
mighty (esp. AmE), powerful
backward, forward
golf
practice
VERB + SWING
do, make, take

the technique for making the perfect golf swing

change
practise/practice

The golfers were practising/practicing their swings.

SWING + NOUN
bridge, door (both BrE)
PREPOSITION
swing at

He took a wild swing at the ball.

swing of

There was a political swing of the pendulum back to the right. (figurative)

3 swinging seat
ADJECTIVE
porch, tyre/tire (both esp. AmE)
VERB + SWING
go on, play on, sit on

Some kids were playing on the swings.

PREPOSITION
on a/the swing

Her dad pushed her on the swing.

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verb
1 move backwards and forwards/from side to side
ADVERB
gently, slowly
violently, wildly

She lashed out, her arm swinging wildly.

freely

Let your arms swing freely at your sides.

back and forth, from side to side, to and fro

The pendulum swung slowly from side to side.

PREPOSITION
from

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

2 move smoothly
ADVERB
slowly
suddenly
sharply

The road swung sharply around.

across, around, away, back, down, forward, off, round (esp. BrE), 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.

PREPOSITION
from

She swung down from the tree in one easy movement.

into

He swung up into the saddle and rode off.

towards/toward

Nick swung towards/toward her.

PHRASES
swing open, swing shut
3 change quickly
ADVERB
rapidly
suddenly
wildly

The balance of power swung wildly from one party to the other.

heavily

Opinion swung heavily to the left.

PREPOSITION
from, to

Her mood could swing rapidly from gloom to exhilaration.

Swing is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑arm, ↑bag, ↑balance, ↑batter, ↑hip, ↑leg, ↑monkey, ↑price
Swing is used with these nouns as the object: ↑arm, ↑axe, ↑backpack, ↑bag, ↑balance, ↑basket, ↑bat, ↑baton, ↑blade, ↑deal, ↑election, ↑fist, ↑foot, ↑hammer, ↑handbag, ↑head, ↑hip, ↑leg, ↑punch, ↑racket, ↑vote

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