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bat around

1. To push an object around playfully. The cat has been batting around that toy for at least an hour.
2. To strike repeatedly. If I see my neighbor batting around his pets, I will call the police. I was small in high school, so I got batted around a bit, but I eventually learned to stand up for myself.
3. To exchange and contemplate ideas or suggestions. We did bat around other ideas, but that's the slogan we liked the best.
4. To wander aimlessly. I doubt he has a job—he's been batting around out West for a while.
5. In baseball, to reach a team's first batter again in a single inning (because all of the team's batters have already batted in the inning). A: "It's still the top of the third inning?" B: "Yeah, the Cubs have batted around."
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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

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]
See also: around, bat

bat around

v.
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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John's then batted around to bring Zarozny back to the plate with the bases full.
Former Pepperdine standouts Eddie Montague and Tony Garcia drove in the final two runs of the inning, in which San Diego batted around.
We're a good-hitting team, but we usually hit better after we've batted around once.
Trailing 4-3, the JetHawks broke the game open when they batted around in a six-run fifth highlighted by a three-run home run by Phil Avlas (Kennedy High of Granada Hills), his first since being assigned to Lancaster last week.
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Mike Morse, Randy Winn and Raul Ibanez each had RBI singles and Richie Sexson added a two-run double in the inning, during which the Mariners batted around.
The Tornadoes batted around in the fourth inning off righty Ben Thurmond (7-5), starting the inning with six straight hits, and all six men scored, as Worcester closed within seven, 15-8.
Cleveland starter Justin Kaid (4-2) held Chatsworth hitless through two innings, but the Chancellors batted around in the third.
The scoring started early for the Surf as they batted around in the first inning, plating six runs.
Modesto broke open a 6-1 game in the fifth, when they batted around in a three-run inning.
They batted around in the fourth inning Wednesday but produced just three runs as Chone Figgins struck out and Garret Anderson flew out with the bases loaded against Lohse (5-8).
The Warriors finally broke the game open when they batted around in the sixth.