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batter down

To remove or destroy a particular structure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "batter" and "down." Which wall will the construction crew batter down?
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batter up

1. verb To harm or damage someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "batter" and "up." That accident battered up the door of my car. I think that kid will listen to us if we batter him up a bit and scare him.
2. noun An expression used to summon the next batter to home plate in a baseball game. Let's get this game started. Batter up!
See also: batter, up


Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really battered!
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bruised and battered

Injured and/or thoroughly worn down, as from an assault or an exhausting, physically trying experience. He drank too much at the bar, got into a fight, and showed up at our door all bruised and battered. The home team, though bruised and battered, emerged victorious from the tough match.
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dust off the batter

In baseball, to throw a pitch at or very close to the body of the batter. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Don't be afraid to dust off the batter a bit if he's crowding the plate.
See also: batter, dust, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

batter someone or something up

to damage or harm someone or something. Max threatened to batter Lefty up within an inch of his life. Who battered up this desk?
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batter something down

to smash or break down something, such as a wall, door, or any defensive structure. Do they have to batter anything down as part of the construction project? They battered down the wall as a first step in enlarging the house.
See also: batter, down
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


mod. alcohol intoxicated. Man, was I battered. I will never drink another drop.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Not only the prevalence, but also the nature of woman-to-woman abuse is in question; some researchers examining women's abuse of female partners emphasize that this violence can be quite similar to heterosexual battering, whereas other researchers have focused on the importance of recognizing differences between heterosexual and same-sex domestic violence.
If we really start talking too loud about lesbian battering, then we are really letting the men, the patriarchy, off the hook.
(20) Furthermore, given advocates' assertions that battering is not just a matter of physical assault, but rather a pattern of effective, repeated coercive behavior, this type of pervasive control within a single relationship is not likely to be mutual.
(79) In a similar vein, Dutton states that reference should be made to "expert testimony concerning battered women's experiences," rather than to "'battered woman syndrome' per se." (80) She further asserts that in order to provide a full explanation of the woman's response to the violence, it is essential that the scope of the testimony extend beyond the psychological effects of the battering and include consideration of the overall social context in which the battering occurs (for example, the batterer's domination and control, economic factors, the woman's prior traumatic experiences, the response of the police and other institutions).
In the case of a jury trial, does expert evidence on battering truly alter the jurors' understanding of the woman's perceptions and actions?
The institutional--organizational system includes policies, procedures, programs, agencies, and professional groups designed or designated to study, control, and intervene with woman battering. They do not necessarily involve the personal participation of battered women but, directly or indirectly, affect their lives in a variety of ways.
Overall, it seems that battering men perceive the violence as a family problem rather than an individual one, if they are willing to recognize that there is a problem at all.
In addition to the circumstances immediately preceding the killing, this standard encompasses both the build-up of fear created during the extended battering relationship and the battered woman's acuity, sharpened by that extensive history, at predicting her batterer's future violence.
She becomes "psychologically trapped" and unable to leave the violent battering relationship, "even when it may seem to outsiders that escape is possible." L.
He is wrong, however, to assume that expert testimony on battering and its effects, despite its emphasis on a "situational analysis," will not also often describe psychological processes.
Unless the battering is interrupted, the violence during this phase will take at least as severe a form as is necessary for the abuser to accomplish his goal.
After a battering episode, most victims consider themselves lucky that the abuse was not worse, no matter how severe their injuries.
And recently, the medical profession has been hard at work to ensure that doctors recognize the signs of battering. Doctors should recognize that women who repeatedly come to emergency rooms and say they got their injuries walking into doors or falling down stairs are there because they're being beaten.
It seems that the most important issue is how to prevent battering from happening in the first place.