Published on Mar 9, 2013
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Definition of bat (oxford dictionary):
an implement with a handle and a solid surface, typically of wood, used for hitting the ball in games such as cricket, baseball, and table tennis:
a cricket bat
a turn at playing with a bat.
a person batting, especially in cricket; a batsman:
the team's opening bat
each of a pair of objects resembling table tennis bats, used by a person on the ground to guide a taxiing aircraft.
a slab on which pottery is formed, dried, or fired.
verb (bats, batting, batted)
1(of a sports team or player) take the role of hitting rather than throwing the ball:
Australia reached 263 for 4 after choosing to bat
(bat for (or go to bat for)) informal, chiefly North American defend the interests of; support:
she turned out to have the law batting for her
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] hit at (someone or something) with the flat of one's hand:
he batted the flies away
bat a thousand
be very successful; achieve perfection:
with tortellini in brodo, I batted a thousand—both kids had seconds
off one's own bat
British at one's own instigation; spontaneously:
when he didn't chase the dog she came back off her own bat
right off the bat
North American at the very beginning; straight away:
I managed to have a disagreement with him right off the bat
bat around (or about)
informal, chiefly North American travel widely, frequently, or casually:
I'm always batting around between England and America
bat something around (or about)
informal discuss an idea or proposal casually or idly:
we bat around a wide variety of issues
late Old English batt 'club, stick, staff', perhaps partly from Old French batte, from battre 'to strike'
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