deliberately short-term sexual relationship between two people. Longer than
a one-night stand
, not as serious-sounding as "affair", more frankly physical than the discreet or twee "dalliance", the word has the associations of a much-needed sexual relief from
stress, worry or hangups. No deep personal involvement required, just
the sex and a bit of attention.
Office gossip: Oh, by the way, I heard about your secretary's latest fling!
Minor boss: Whaurrgh (choking on his croissant) - How did you find
Office gossip: ... With
one of the young trainees. Hey, just a minute (grinning with
Minor boss: What? Look, I didn't say anything! Err ... which
trainee? (under his breath: the double-dealing