an old bat

old bat

A foolish or irritating old person. Ugh, what is that old bat complaining about today?
See also: bat, old
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an ˌold ˈbat

(British English, informal, disapproving) a silly or annoying old person: She never hears what I’m saying to her — the silly old bat.
See also: bat, old
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I know as an old bat I should have sympathy for Selina and others such as Dame Joan Bakewell, who accuse TV of dumping them at the first wrinkle, but the only reason Selina et al got their jobs was because they scrubbed up well.
Elsewhere, the girls are packed off to finishing school to pick up some style tips from an old bat whose entire world must have crumbled with the demise of the twin-set.
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After the pitchers have stretched and warmed up, they will take an old bat and balance it, barrel down, on home plate, preferably on the corners!
THIS is Tony Shillinglaw holding an old bat kept locked away in a cupboard in the pavilion at Blackheath Bowling Club,New South Wales.
I TOTALLY agree with Ms E Braddick (Viewpoints, August 31, 2001) when she demands an apology from Dan O'Neill for his article in which he described the former prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, as "an old bat".
She looks so beautiful in this picture and I look so awful in comparison I an old bat! When I stayed at the White House, Hillary put me up in the Lincoln Suite.
In a bid to show him the error of his violent ways, the village shaman - an old bat called Tanana - turns Kenai into a bear.