swing for the fences

swing for the fences

1. baseball Literally, to put all one's power into one's swing while batting so as to try to hit a home run. All they need is two more runs to win the game, so you can bet their star batter will come out swinging for the fences.
2. By extension, to put forward one's maximum amount of effort or energy (into or toward something); to act or perform with great intensity or effort. I wasn't sure about their state-appointed lawyer at first, but I was well impressed when he came out swinging for the fences on day one of the trial.
See also: fence, swing
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We notice it most when phone calls to those who entrust us with their financial future go unreturned, or when those who were most risk averse in 2008-09 are now willing "to swing for the fences.
Zillow is home to hundreds of employees that move fast, think big and aren't afraid to swing for the fences.
We can swing for the fences here, which makes that a lot of fun,'' Johnson said.
All along we've said that the way to cover public policy and politics in Texas is to swing for the fences every time.
He was still inclined to swing for the fences every now and then, and crashed another straight drive over Ishant's head for his fourth six.
Through it all the 47-year-old continues to swing for the fences.
It's like, why not swing for the fences and try and hit a home run?
I never try to swing for the fences, I always just try to hit a hard line drive.
It is highly likely that will change today, and the degree to which the pool is 'buyable' will encourage the big-hitting syndicates to swing for the fences.
All proceeds benefit the Hall of Fame's nonprofit educational programs, which teach more than 20 million school children a year through onsite and distance learning--yet another good reason to swing for the fences.
Sharon, we await you, and we beg that you swing for the fences.
On the other hand, said the analyst, "you don't want to swing for the fences.
Without the constraint of outside pressure and forces, the guitarist was able to swing for the fences in a way he hadn't in the past.