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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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"We batted around twice today, with all parts of the lineup getting hits," Kendall said.
The Boomers batted around in the ninth and scored seven runs against Miners newcomer James Carter, who allowed nine runs but only four of which were charged as earned.
Auburn batted around again in the fourth inning, sending 12 batters to the plate.
"We're a good-hitting team, but we usually hit better after we've batted around once."
In the fifth, the LumberKings batted around without collecting a hit.
Eric Rosiello and Mike Dziczek also had doubles in the inning as the Lions nearly batted around twice and chased Ayer starter J.J.
After the Miners could not score in the ninth, the game went to extra innings, and the Wild Things batted around in the 10th, scoring five runs on six hits to take a 9-4 lead, with RBI hits in the Frame for Brett Marr, James Harris and Carter McEachern as well as a sacrifice fly by Collins.
"So we batted around a few ideas, and they said they wanted to organize a care package drive for the troops," Ms.
In the fourth, the Tornadoes batted around against North Shore right-hander Matt Bishop (9-5), scoring four runs on six hits to take a 6-3 lead.
In that fourth inning, Marion batted around. Josh Griffin and Austin Palmer hit back-to-back singles to drive in three of the runs.
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.
They batted around in the bottom of the first and rode that momentum to a 6-2 Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division victory over West Chicago in Lombard.
The scoring started early for the Surf as they batted around in the first inning, plating six runs.
They batted around in the sixth, collecting a season-high 6 hits in the inning, three of them for extra bases.