swing at

swing at (someone or something)

To attempt to hit someone or something with one's fist or an instrument in a broad, sweeping stroke. Bill didn't hear me coming up behind him, and he swung at me when I touched his shoulder. He grabbed the tennis racket and ran around the yard swinging at the bee.
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swing at someone or something

to strike at someone or something. Max swung at the copa serious mistake. The batter swung at the ball and missed.
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swing at

To attempt to hit someone or something with a sweeping stroke: If a batter swings at the ball and misses, it counts as a strike. One of the kids got angry and swung at me with his fist.
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References in classic literature ?
He chafed and fretted that he could not travel with the swiftness of thought and that the long tedious miles stretching far ahead of him must require hours and hours of tireless effort upon his part before he would swing at last from the final bough of the fringing forest into the open plain and in sight of his goal.
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D Dawson,LiverpoolIT IS vital you swing at the same pace all the way through your swing.
Three of the most important aspects of the hitting process involve a controlled stride, a slight pause to separate the stride from the swing, and then a hard swing at the pitch.
Says Taylor-Corbett, "The show celebrates the cultural fusion that's going on in swing at the moment, and includes story-driven episodes like the `I'll Be Seeing You' number, where Scott Fowler and Carol Bentley do a Gene Kelly kind of ballet.
If the ump calls strikes at the knees, you don't swing at shoulder-high pitches.
If the batter doesn't swing at bad pitches, the pitcher is going to have two choices: walk her or throw strikes.
If the batter doesn't swing at the first or second outside pitch, the pitcher is going to have to bring the ball in to get a strike.