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verb     bat pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebatting
past tensebatted
past participlebatted
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit the ball with a bat in a game such as baseball or cricket
    1. a.
      [intransitive] in baseball or cricket, the team that is batting is trying to score runs (=points) by hitting the ball
  2. 2
    [transitive] to hit something small that is flying through the air in order to stop it landing on you

    He was trying to bat the flies away with his newspaper.

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    be batting (above your average) very informal to be in a relationship with someone who is much more attractive than you

    I thought he was batting, to be honest.

    Submitted by Becks from United Kingdom on 31/08/2016

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