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go down swinging

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go down swinging

verb phrase

To refuse surrender; show fight; nail one's colors to the mast: The President promised he would go down swinging on that issue

[1930s+; fr baseball, ''to strike out, but swing at the third strike'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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