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Having one's turn or chance to do something. Originates from baseball, referring to the player whose turn it is to try to hit the ball. Primarily heard in South Africa. Okay, we've heard from the editorial and marketing staff. Ms. Smith, you and the financial department are at bat.
Taking one's turn. For example, At this conference, with so many interruptions, it's hard to tell which speaker is at bat , or I was nervous while waiting to testify, but once at bat I felt better. This idiom, from baseball, was already being transferred to other enterprises by the 1880s. Also see on deck.
Taking one's turn to bat, as in baseball or cricket.