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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]
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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.
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He added, "All those guys can all hold a bat and hang around for you and we're pretty confident in those guys to do their job while we bat around.
We went back to the basics of one-day cricket - your opening batsman bats through, gets a hundred and the others bat around him.
We went back to the basics of one-day cricket: your opening batsman bats through, gets a hundred and the others bat around him.
The rest of us just had to bat around (Gilchrist's) innings," said Ponting.
Garbutt claimed the two cuts Mr Bottomley received to his head must have been caused when he was swinging the baseball bat around.
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.
I am yet to see Sachin throw the bat around even when given out wrongly.
We needed people to bat around him and i thought 300 would be a good score.