come out swinging

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come out swinging

To compete or defend someone or something passionately or aggressively. After hearing so much opposition to his proposed construction project, the developer came out swinging at the town hall meeting. They may be underdogs in this series, but you can be sure that they'll come out swinging.
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He and catcher Willson Contreras recognized early that the Cardinals came out swinging, so they let them hit the ball.
Algonquin, which never trailed, came out swinging in the sixth inning, scoring four runs to expand a 4-1 lead to 8-1.
We tried to do the best we could and go deep, but they came out swinging, knowing we had to throw strikes and go deep."