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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.
See also: fence, swing

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.
See also: balance, swing

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.
See also: lead, swing

swing both ways

To be sexually interested in both men and women. No, he doesn't just like guys, he swings both ways.
See also: both, swing, way

swing by

To visit someone casually and/or briefly. Just swing by when you get a chance—I'll be here all day.
See also: swing

swing by

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.
See also: both, swing, way
References in classic literature ?
He swung out his trunk with a fascinating crook at the end, and the brown baby threw itself, shouting, upon it.
When he swung himself at last into the tree he sought, the moon was obscured by a heavy cloud, and the tree tops were waving wildly in a steadily increasing wind whose soughing drowned the lesser noises of the jungle.
Then, with the swiftness and agility of a cat, he leaped far outward upon a swaying branch, sprang upward through the darkness, caught another, swung himself upon it and then to one still higher.
For an instant Tantor, the elephant, paused with upraised trunk and tail, with great ears up-pricked, and then he swung on along the trail at a rapid, shuffling pace--straight toward the covered pit with its sharpened stakes upstanding in the ground.
The first panic of terror relieved, he urged his men forward to attack with their heavy elephant spears; but as they came, Tantor swung Tarzan to his broad head, and, wheeling, lumbered off into the jungle through the great rent he had made in the palisade.
Both groups had comparable gait velocities and there was no significant difference between the groups in the magnitude of arm swing in all walking conditions for the arm that swung more or less.
One day after manager Jim Tracy said Bradley won't swing a bat for a week, Bradley swung one lightly and plans to swing at balls within the next couple of days.
Toward the end of the swing phase of the running gait, once your leg has swung fully forward, forcefully pull it down and back as the foot makes ground contact.
President Clinton swung through in June for a Democratic party fund-raiser.
Di Tullio timed semiprofessional baseball players as they swung various bats in air tunnels at MIT.
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He popularized a pantherine stance, dancing on the balls of his feet in deep plie, dropping his head and stretching out into a long, catlike line when he swung out.
If it's higher than parallel, you likely swung too far inside out, resulting in a high push and a loss of distance.