In old-time baseball slang, to strike out swinging, i.e. to swing at the ball and miss for strike three. As a transitive verb, this describes the pitcher's action of throwing a pitch that makes the batter swing and miss for strike three. As an intransitive verb, it can describe the batter's action of swinging and missing for strike three.
Old-timer: Oh falderol, if Three Finger Brown fans the whole side, you owe me two bits.
Kid: Dad! Grandpa is in the front yard in his underwear again.
2. There is no joy in Mudville, Might Casey has fanned.
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