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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"I'm recharging my batteries," he says, "so I can come out swinging again." He is dancing just above the ground, out of reach of gravity most of the time.