to take a swing at

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - take a swing at

"to take a swing at"

to strike or attempt to strike with the fist


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - take a swing at

"to take a swing at"

to attempt to do something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take a swing at

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:   What happened to George?

Colleague 2:  He got so angry yesterday that he took a swing at his computer.

Colleague 1:  And?

Colleague 2:  The computer monitor is broken.  George's hand is in a cast and George got fired.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take a swing at

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What are you doing today?

Friend 2:  I thought I'd try something new.

Friend 1:  What's that?

Friend 2: Samantha is in a power-lifting club and I've never tried power-lifting so I thought I'd take a swing at it.

Friend 1:  Good luck.

Friend 2:  Thanks.

to take a swing at - Usage:


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to take a swing at - Gerund Form:

Taking a swing at the boss is a sure way to get fired.

Taking a swing at something new can be fun.

to take a swing at - Examples:

1)  It took less than a minute for Mr. Obama to take a swing at his rival, accusing Mr. Romney of saying that he wanted Detroit to go ...

2)  I have so many things to learn! # Going to take a swing at this one. While it's nice to come here to be inspired, ...

3)  I can also assure you that his emotional reaction would not be to take a swing at the president of the United States.

4)  There you go sunny Jim now take a swing at me!

5)  ... his promise to use federal funding for his general election campaign -- to take a swing at big money running politics is well beyond ludicrous... it's laughable to the ...

6)  Andrew Barr is taking a swing at Canberra's compulsory third party insurance monopoly.

7)  Then I got halfway to taking a swing at him and fell over again.

8)  Samsung's taking a swing at the prestige audio market with its DA-E750 audio dock.

9)  I'd have loved to provoke that wimp into taking a swing at me.

10)  The only thing missing is the interview ending with Bob taking a swing at Tim.

11)  ... pleading guilty to robbery and assault charges when suddenly he wheels around and takes a swing at York County public defender Dan Hall. The punch caught the lawyer in the ...

12)  Apgar walks in catching Riker and Manua sharing a passionate kiss; Riker takes a swing at Apgar but the scientist ducks and strikes Riker.

13)  Grant McAuley takes a swing at topics from around MLB.

14)  I'm going to be a big enough jerk that someone takes a swing at me so I can sue them.

15)  That evening -- taunted by coworkers who still have their jobs -- he takes a swing at one of them and ends up in a bar fight.

16)  He said as he friend got up he took a swing at Mr Adams, hitting him in the jaw with a closed fist.

17)  I tried to force him to go in and he took a swing at me.

18)  Passionately opposed to hunting and to bull-fighting, in 1963 she took a swing at a picture of a wounded bull exhibited on the railings in Piccadilly.

19)  If he threw me out or took a swing at me, it'd still be better than the hotel.

20)  When I finally got my rig up and running, I took a swing at his one remote server.