come out swinging

(redirected from came out swinging)

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.
See also: come, out, swinging
References in periodicals archive ?
Algonquin, which never trailed, came out swinging in the sixth inning, scoring four runs to expand a 4-1 lead to 8-1.
As if attempting to erase the demons of the past week, the Angels came out swinging Thursday night.
We came out swinging today,'' said Camarillo's Joe Yingling, who hit one out in the first.