come out fighting

come out fighting

To compete or defend someone or something passionately or aggressively. After hearing so much opposition to his proposed construction project, the developer came out fighting at the town hall meeting. They may be underdogs in this series, but you can be sure that they'll come out fighting.
See also: come, fight, out

come out fighting

  (British, American & Australian) also come out swinging (mainly American)
if someone comes out fighting, they defend themselves or something they believe in, in a very determined way They were criticized from all sides but they came out fighting. The candidates came out swinging in the first few minutes of the debate.
See also: come, fight, out