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Does "swinging the club" have another meaning outside the world of golf ?

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I do not think so. However, the phrase is used in a metaphorical sense in the title here. "Swinging the club: relations between the United States and the British Commonwealth in the economic transition from war to peace," 1943-1948 Author Nicholas Wise Norman Publisher University of London, 1994. PS: I haven't read the book, so I would not know much about the metaphor in it. – Kris Oct 15 '12 at 4:58
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Yes it does, and context is everything.

The golfer was swinging the club to warm up his shoulder.

When it comes to swinging the club, no one rocks like Elvis.

The cave man confronted the tiger, swinging the club wildly.

The new manager was fired after swinging the club from fame to notoriety and disrepute.

The card player grinned, swinging the club under his opponents nose before claiming the trick.

It was like a baby's arm, and when he started swinging the club (as they called it) it intimidated everyone on the set.

He manhandled him onto the horse, jamming the boy's good foot into a stirrup and swinging the club foot over the saddle.

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Does "No band has ever swung the club as hard as Duke Ellington's" work too? – Raku Nov 29 '11 at 14:13
I'm not sure I understand the "baby's arm" example. – Marthaª Nov 29 '11 at 16:32
@Martha: You don't want to understand. You're in happy, naïve baby mode; just enjoy it while you can! – Cerberus Nov 29 '11 at 20:20
In the Royal Navy, Club Swinger is slang for Physical Trainer. – Brian Nixon Nov 29 '11 at 22:49
@EdGuiness: The OP refers to outside the world of golf (and bridge, if you please!). Moreover, it is about the whole phrase used metaphorically, not the individual words used literally. – Kris Nov 30 '11 at 9:05

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