batten2 /ˈbat(ə)n/

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I. verb [no obj.] ( batten on)

1. thrive or prosper at the expense of

multinational monopolies batten on the working classes.
– origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘improve in condition, grow fat’): from Old Norse batna ‘get better’, related to better1.

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