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    You swing for the fence.

    In what context I can use: You swing for the fence. ?

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    #2

    Re: You swing for the fence.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8Julieth8 View Post
    In what context I can use: You swing for the fence. ?
    In what context do you want to use it?


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    Re: You swing for the fence.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In what context do you want to use it?
    I don't exactly know what it means. Is that explanation right?: To act in a way that might generate a very good result, but which also has a large chance of failing.
    I'm not going to swing for the fence tomorrow, but I'm hoping my speech will be warmly received.

    But what means in this conversation (from film Hitch):

    Because with no guile and no game,
    there's no girl.
    If ever a man born was without game...it was Albert Brennaman.My business is 100% referral.
    - Hi. Thank you for seeing me. I mean, she just got out of a relationship.
    - Is that a problem? Because if it is, that's fine.
    - I'm desperate...
    - Why don't you tell me about her?
    - My company handles her finances.
    - So does she know you're interested?
    - No.
    - Alive?
    - I lent her my pen once.
    - Allegra? As in Allegra Cole?
    - Yeah, I realize that I'm not her usual type.
    - Well, her last boyfriend owned Sweden or something.
    - He didn't seem like a very nice person to me.
    - You swing for the fence.
    -Look, you don't think I tried talking myself out of this?



    What also means:
    - when he asked: Alive?
    - referral
    - and swing for the fence

    Thanks, if somebody answering me.

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    #4

    Re: You swing for the fence.

    His business is based on referrals. He doesn't advertise, but men who have had success with him refer him to their friends.

    He's asking his client how much the girl the client is interested in knows about him.
    Does she know you like her?
    Does she know you are alive? (That is, is she even aware of his existence.)

    If you "swing for the fence" you are going for a home run - a baseball metaphor. You are not trying to do something with a modest benefit; you want incredible, amazing success. A baseball player who is swinging for the fence (trying for a home run) has a much higher chance of striking out than one who is trying for a simple base hit.

    It's a cute movie. Did you like it?

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    #5

    Re: You swing for the fence.

    Hi there,
    I still don't understand the idiom.

    tks
    pete

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    #6

    Re: You swing for the fence.

    Do you understand the game of baseball?

    Do you know what a home run is?

    A home run ball goes over the fence in the outfield.

    If you want to hit a home run, you have to swing for the fence. You have to have a high goal. You have to try hard to reach a difficult goal.

    If you do not understand the game of baseball, the idiom will not make sense to you.


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    Re: You swing for the fence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    His business is based on referrals. He doesn't advertise, but men who have had success with him refer him to their friends.

    He's asking his client how much the girl the client is interested in knows about him.
    Does she know you like her?
    Does she know you are alive? (That is, is she even aware of his existence.)

    If you "swing for the fence" you are going for a home run - a baseball metaphor. You are not trying to do something with a modest benefit; you want incredible, amazing success. A baseball player who is swinging for the fence (trying for a home run) has a much higher chance of striking out than one who is trying for a simple base hit.

    It's a cute movie. Did you like it?
    Yes, definitely, Will Smith is great and the theme is very interesting. Thanks for your explanation.

    P.S.: In your town was my friend a few days ago, now she came home.
    Last edited by 8Julieth8; 29-Aug-2009 at 15:07.


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    Re: You swing for the fence.

    I have again the question:

    That Hitch said that guy at the end (does he mean, that he's crazy?):

    - You are flat-out... out of your mind. You know that?

    So what mean flat-out of your mind?
    Last edited by 8Julieth8; 23-Jul-2009 at 09:53.

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