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 ~