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Swing for him

Posted by Gary Martin on January 10, 2007

In Reply to: Swing for him posted by sonja farmer on January 10, 2007

: Where did the phrase "swing for him" orginate.
: Is it to kill him and then swing at the end of a rope or
: swing an arm to punch him.

I don't know where it originated and, for a colloquial phrase like this one, you aren't ever likely to find out. The meaning is well-known though - at least here in the UK - and that's the second of your two suggestions.