bat1 /bat/


I. noun

1. 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.
2. a turn at playing with a bat.
3. a person batting, especially in cricket; a batsman.
the team’s opening bat.
4. each of a pair of objects resembling table tennis bats, used by a person on the ground to guide a taxiing aircraft.
5. a slab on which pottery is formed, dried, or fired.
II. verb [no obj.]
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.
2. ( bat for (or go to bat for))
(chiefly N. Amer.) defend the interests of; support
she turned out to have the law batting for her.
3. [with obj. and adverbial of direction] hit at (someone or something) with the flat of one’s hand
he batted the flies away.
III. phrases
1. bat a thousand
‹US informal›
be very successful; achieve perfection
with tortellini in brodo, I batted a thousand—both kids had seconds.
2. off one’s own bat

(Brit.) at one’s own instigation; spontaneously.
when he didn’t chase the dog she came back off her own bat.
3. right off the bat

(N. Amer.) at the very beginning; straight away.
I managed to have a disagreement with him right off the bat.
IV. phrasal verbs
1. bat around (or about)

(chiefly N. Amer.) travel widely, frequently, or casually
I’m always batting around between England and America.
2. bat something around (or about)

‹informal› discuss an idea or proposal casually or idly
we bat around a wide variety of issues.
– origin late Old English batt ‘club, stick, staff’, perhaps partly from Old French batte, from battre ‘to strike’.

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