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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He's going to swing for the fences, get counter-punched and Floyd's knocking him out in two to three rounds.
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We can swing for the fences here, which makes that a lot of fun,'' Johnson said.
The catalyst six years ago was entrepreneur-showman Lalit Modi's launch of the IPL and its high-speed, made-for-television version of the game--complete with gaudy uniforms, player auctions and incentives to swing for the fences at every occasion.
What mattered is that Ruth had gotten only seven hits combined in the 1921 and 1922 World Series, proof to McGraw that his managerial genius could outsmart any batter stupid enough to swing for the fences every time up.
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?
Swing for the fences to begin--you can always temper back and play small ball later.
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.
They're like power hitters ordered to make sacrifice bunts rather than swing for the fences.