throw oneself at(redirected from fling oneself at)
throw (oneself) at (someone or something)
1. To undertake or engage in some task or activity with all of one's energy, determination, or enthusiasm. With the way he's been throwing himself at his work lately, I just hope he doesn't get burned out. The company has been throwing itself at cloud computing for the last 10 years. Sarah always throws herself at any challenge we put in front of her.
2. To vie for someone's attention or affection in a desperate or overeager manner, especially in a romantic or sexual capacity. He couldn't walk into a bar without dozens of fans throwing themselves at him. By the end of the date he was practically throwing himself at me, but I told him I needed to get to bed early for an important meeting in the morning. She threw herself at me in a really off-putting way.
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throw oneself at someoneand fling oneself at someone
Fig. to give oneself willingly to someone else for romance. I guess that Mary really likes John. She practically threw herself at him when he came into the room. Everyone could see by the way Tom flung himself at Jane that he was going to ask her for a date.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
throw oneself at
Also, throw oneself at someone's head. Try to attract someone's interest, attention, or love, as in He always had women throwing themselves at his head. [Late 1700s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
throw oneself at
To make efforts to attract the interest or affection of (another).
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