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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.
come out fighting
To compete or defend someone or something passionately or aggressively. After hearing so much opposition to his proposed construction project, the developer came out fighting at the town hall meeting. They may be underdogs in this series, but you can be sure that they'll come out fighting.
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.
swing the balance
To be the factor or provide the element that makes something happen or leads to success. We're hoping that the addition of new outdoor seating helps to swing the balance for the restaurant. A lot of the entries were very similar, so I'm hoping that the uniqueness of mine swings the balance in my favor.
swing the lead
To feign illness to avoid work. Gerald's boss accused him of swinging the lead, but felt awful when he saw that Gerald was actually in hospital.
swing both ways
To be sexually interested in both men and women. No, he doesn't just like guys, he swings both ways.
To visit someone casually and/or briefly. Just swing by when you get a chance—I'll be here all day.
See also: swing
come out fightingmainly BRITISH or
come out swingingmainly AMERICAN
COMMON In a conflict or contest, if someone comes out fighting or comes out swinging, they show by their behaviour that they are prepared to do everything they can in order to win. Thompson came out fighting last night, accusing his old board colleagues of deliberately damaging his reputation. Deputy Prime Minister John Waters came out swinging against front-runner Martin Jackson in the weekend leadership debate. Note: If boxers come out fighting, they leave their corner as soon as the bell rings and attack their opponent immediately.
be swinging the leadBRITISH
If someone is swinging the lead, they are pretending to be ill to avoid working. Note: Lead is a very heavy metal. It is a question of getting the right benefits to the right people, and we want to stop anyone swinging the lead. Note: In the past, when a ship was in shallow water, one of the sailors would drop a piece of lead on a string, called a plumbline, over the side of the ship to find out how deep the water was. Sometimes sailors would just swing the plumbline, because they were too lazy to do the work properly. `Plumb the depths' is also based on this practice.
To visit some place for a brief amount of time, especially as a deviation from a direct course: On my way home, I swung by the post office to buy some stamps. We swung by a friend's house on our way to the beach. Why don't you swing by for some coffee?
See also: swing
swing both ways
in. to be bisexual. Since he swings both ways, he may stand a better chance at finding a date.
mod. great. The concert was swinging—nothing like it, ever.