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swing around

1. To spin or turn rapidly around in the opposite direction. I swung around when I though I heard my name. The police car swung around and turned on its siren to begin pursuing the van that ran the red light.
2. To cause someone or something to spin or turn rapidly around in the opposite direction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swing" and "around." She had to swing the motorboat around and started heading back to shore. I had to swing the toddler around to keep him from walking down the steps.
3. To visit some place for a brief period of time or for a particular purpose. I need to swing around the office to pick up some paperwork. Why don't you swing around on Saturday for dinner?
See also: around, swing

swing around (to something)

to move one's body or view around to another position. She swung around to the left, where she could see better. The bear suddenly swung around and charged.
See also: around, swing

swing around

v.
1. To turn rapidly around something: The car swung around the corner and almost hit a pedestrian.
2. To turn rapidly to face the opposite direction: When I heard footsteps behind me, I swung around.
See also: around, swing
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My mother would sit at a table and watch her father grab her mother and swing her around the dance floor.
Fiscal depute Jane Spark said a neighbour had seen Welsh grab hold of Miss MacDonald's arm, swing her around and throw her down a flight of stairs.
"The defendant grabbed Rebecca by the hair and started to swing her around. She wrapped her foot around Rebecca's leg and Rebecca was pushed to the ground.
He added: "She would grip with both hands, swing her around and then throw her on the sofa."