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1. informal To make (something) happen or come to pass; to manage or arrange (something) successfully. Tom says he can swing this deal with the bank, but I'm not so sure. Let's meet with them and see if we can swing an agreement.
2. informal To cause (something) to have a positive or successful outcome. Many predict that the financial crisis could swing the election in favor of the young senator seeking to oust the incumbent president. That incredible touchdown in the third quarter really swung the game for them.
3. slang To die by hanging. You're a monster. I'm going to make sure you swing for what you've done.
4. slang To be especially lively, active, or energetic. This city really swings at night. Wow, this party is swinging now!
5. slang To swap sexual partners consensually in a group, especially when in a committed or married relationship. The couple next door have been dropping hints that they want us to swing with them. We've been swinging for years, and if anything, it has made our marriage even stronger.
6. slang To have a particular sexual orientation. A: "I was wondering if you wanted to go on a date with me some time." B: "I'm sorry, I don't want to hurt your feelings, but I just don't swing that way."
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swing something

Fig. to make something happen. I hope I can swing a deal that will make us all a lot of money. We all hope you can swing it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. in. [for a person] to be up to date and modern. Tom really swings. Look at those blue suede shoes!
2. in. [for a party or other event] to be fun or exciting. I’ve never been to a gathering that swings like this one.
3. in. to be involved in sexual fads, group sex, or the swapping of sexual partners. Carol says that Tom, Ted, and Heidi swing. How does she know?
4. tv. to bring something off; to execute a deal. They want to elect me president of the club. I hope they can swing it.


mod. great. The concert was swinging—nothing like it, ever.
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But while the baseball swing has received considerable attention in the research literature, relatively few studies have analyzed head movement during the baseball swing.
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Four amateur golfers, three males and the one female had their golf swings analyzed for this study.