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bat something around

1. Lit. to knock something around with a bat or something similar. Terry spent a little time batting a ball around, then he went home. Let's bat around some balls before we go home.
2. Fig. to discuss something back and forth. Let's bat this around a little bit tomorrow at our meeting. Do you want to bat around this matter a little more?
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bat around something

also bat something around
to discuss an idea or opinion A bunch of us batted around ideas at the annual meeting.
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bat around

1. Hit something around, often with a baseball bat or other object, as in We batted the tennis ball around this morning. Originating in baseball, this term came to be applied to more violent action as well, as in Jerry left after being batted around by his father. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
2. Discuss or debate something, as in We batted the various plans around for at least an hour before we came to a decision. This usage transfers batting a ball to a back-and-forth exchange of ideas. [Slang; late 1800s]
3. Drift aimlessly, roam, as in After graduating, they batted around Europe for a year. [Slang; c. 1900]
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bat around

1. To knock something around with or as if with a bat, hand, or similar object: We batted around some baseballs at the park. The cat batted the squeaky toy around the entire afternoon.
2. To discuss something back and forth in order to come to a decision: They batted around ideas all night before they made up their minds. We batted a few names around when thinking about nominees.
See also: around, bat
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Third inning: Erstad pulls a double into the right-field corner after Eckstein led off with a walk, comes around to score as the Angels bat around and take a 4-1 lead.
Generally, to win games of one-day cricket you need one of your top-order to play a long innings for the others to bat around, as Varun Chopra did in the semi-final at Old Trafford.
Andrew Strauss looks in form from the Netherlands game and we bat around Jonathan Trott scoring at a run a ball.
After a sixth inning which lasted nearly 45 minutes and saw both teams bat around and score a combined 13 runs, the JetHawks (7-1) emerged from the turbulence with a 13-9 advantage.
He's the guy who has the grit and determination for everyone to bat around.
We run training session for the ladies on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm, and they can join the team or just have an enjoyable bat around.
One stood at the door while Beeres, who had his face covered with a scarf, waved a baseball bat around demanding cash.
Earlier this season, Fullmer excitedly swung a bat around clubhouses so much that his teammates banned him from doing so because he came too close to hitting too many people too many times.