take a swing at
take a 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 took a swing at me when I touched his shoulder. They arrested her for taking a swing at a police officer with a metal pipe. He stood taking swings at the golf ball for nearly five minutes before he finally hit it.
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take a swing at someone
to attempt to punch someone. He took a swing at me! Tom took a swing at Bob, but Bob ducked out of the way.
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