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Hi,

I'm currently trying to wrap my head around the slang phrase "somebody takes a swing". I heard this phrase in this context...Boss of the car towing company is describing the crap situations, which occurs during the car towing process.

Mostly people yell. Sometimes, somebody takes a swing. ?????

Of course, I dug out the internet for the examples of this phrase, but I'm still not sure, what this phrase means...:-(((

- Hillary Clinton takes a swing at sports metaphors.

- Mike Tyson Film takes a swing at His Old Image.

- Acer takes a swing at Windows Vista.

My bed was that it means "to threat someone/deal with something/to manhandle"...but then I found other example which denied it...:-((((

many thanks in advance.

regards

JCD
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'Take a swing' refers to the act of throwing somebody a punch in the chest, stomach or face. [That boxer can really swing!] [Some day he's going to make me so angry I'm going to take a swing (punch him good).] [So, you're mad at me? Here's your chance: take a swing.]
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As you discovered, this idiom can mean many things depending on the context.

Mostly people yell. Sometimes, somebody takes a swing. ?? It can mean literally hitting or trying to hit someone
- Hillary Clinton takes a swing at sports metaphors. it can mean to attempt something

- Mike Tyson Film takes a swing at His Old Image. it can mean criticizing or making fun of someone or something

- Acer takes a swing at Windows Vista. it can mean to test something
I'm sure you will find many other examples on the Internet.
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JCDenton- Hillary Clinton takes a swing at sports metaphors.

- Mike Tyson Film takes a swing at His Old Image.

- Acer takes a swing at Windows Vista.
For me in the above it means 'to hit out at' used metaphorically
To take a swing at something usually means to (try to) punch something
Thank you guys!
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