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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."
See also: around, bat

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?
See also: around, bat

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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But in came Gul and he not only steadied the innings but ended up playing a vital and match-winning unbeaten knock of 51 which came from 41 balls and contained three fours.Gopal Jasapara threw his bat around in the closing stages to collect 15 crucial runs from 13 balls as Old Hawks posted 134 for 7 in 25 overs.
We know we want consistency and it's nice to have someone we can bat around. There will be wickets that suit him more and that was the really pleasing thing for me, the way he worked those partnerships with those guys.
Richard Potts, prosecuting, said Carroll, who admitted affray, was "waving a baseball bat around" although he did not assault anyone.
One stood at the door while Beeres, who had his face covered with a scarf, waved a baseball bat around demanding cash.
Towards the end, wicketkeeper Alex Davies threw his bat around for Lancashire with the equation reading a daunting 53 off 18 balls and the 100 not coming up until the 18th over.
The report said that Broad sparked controversy at Trent Bridge when he refused to walk after nicking a ball to first slip and on the next day, triumphantly waved his bat around the ground when he finally walked off, dismissed for what could be a match-saving 65.
Warwickshire captain Michael Powell confirmed Bell was batting to orders to try to haul the team out of trouble and then allow others to bat around him.
I am yet to see Sachin throw the bat around even when given out wrongly.
Player-of-the-Match Atkins said: "I wouldn't call my innings a fluent one, but our bowlers took all the pressure off us, so I was able to scratch around and bat around the two good batters.
"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.
This quirky toy will give your cat hours of fun with a soft crab to bat around and swinging toys suspended from a stuffed palm tree.
"Andrew Strauss looks in form from the Netherlands game and we bat around Jonathan Trott scoring at a run a ball.