Definition of swing into action in US English:

swing into action

phrase

  • Quickly begin acting or operating.

    • ‘A special team of professional witnesses are also set to swing into action to gather evidence on the culprits as the council gets tough with persistent offenders.’
    • ‘The internet and foreign newspapers were likely to swing into action, bandying around allegations without having to worry about whether they were true or not.’
    • ‘The close-knit community will have to swing into action again to raise funding for the community centre costing an estimated €300,000.’
    • ‘Rescue and relief systems did not swing into action until well after the storm had hit and caused its devastation, with many lives lost as a result.’
    • ‘These include the vaccination of small numbers of military and medical specialists who would swing into action in the event of biological attack.’
    • ‘A massive clear-up operation is to swing into action at a playing field which travellers occupied for more than six weeks.’
    • ‘Long-prepared procedures, contained in the Underground's emergency plan, began to swing into action.’
    • ‘Emergency personnel were supposed to swing into action from around 9.30 am, but were delayed until around 9.51 am because of a formal opening before the exercise.’
    • ‘The key is to have a network of informed organizations and individuals who are already up to speed on media issues and can swing into action on short notice.’
    • ‘An action plan prepared by the health authority had already begun to swing into action and many key changes were under way.’