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Topic: BASEBALL

Sense: 1, 4-5
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: BAT12
Sense: 2-3
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Probably from bate 'to beat the wings' (13-20 centuries), from Old French batre 'to hit'

bat

2 verb
     
bat2 past tense and past participle batted, present participle batting
1 [intransitive and transitive]DSCDSB to hit the ball with a bat in cricket or baseball
2

not bat an eye/eyelid

informal to not seem to be shocked, surprised, or embarrassed:
They started talking about sex, but she didn't bat an eyelid.
3

bat your eyes/eyelashes

if a woman bats her eyes, she opens and closes them several times quickly in order to look attractive to men
4

go to bat for somebody

American English informal to help and support someone
5

be batting a thousand

American English informal to be very successful:
She's been batting a thousand since she got that job.

bat something ↔ around

phrasal verb
to discuss various ideas or suggestions
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