Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

come out (swinging/fighting)

come out swingingcome out fighting
Meaning(s)
1) react to or begin doing something in an aggressive or passionate way
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    • come out swinging against your critics
  • Analysis

    The expression to come out swinging or to come out fighting means to face a situation or react to something in a strong, forceful or defensive way.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The opposition will be embarrassed and angry to be losing as badly as they are, so expect them to come out fighting in the second half.
    2. David came out swinging when he heard John speak badly about his sister.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I was determined not to let them walk all over me at the disciplinary hearing. That's why I decided to come out swinging!
    2. Rather than let the public criticisms go unchallenged, the company came out fighting with a strong statement defending their new product. 
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