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swing for the fences

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swing for the fences

verb phrase

  1. To swing very hard, trying for a home run: As the Babe knew, swinging for the fences often brings more strikeouts than four-baggers (1970s+ Baseball)
  2. To make a maximum effort; go for broke: What was striking about Clinton's first week in office was the way he swung for the fences on the domestic front/ This stockbroker prefers to invest his own money in issues more risky than the ones Morgan Stanley recommends; he is willing to swing for the fences with his own investments (1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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