take a swing at (someone or something)

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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.
See also: swing, take

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.
See also: swing, take
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But Mr Eatough had claimed he was the one who had been attacked and that people had taken swings at him in the hallway as he was escorted out.
Several filmmakers, including Gas Van Sant and Clint Eastwood, have taken swings at bringing Michael Murphy's 1971 bestseller.