go to bat for (one)

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go to bat for (one)

To act in support of someone. Since you know the recruiter, do you think you can go to bat for me? I really need this job.
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go to bat for someone

Fig. to support or help someone. I tried to go to bat for Bill, but he said he didn't want any help. I heard them gossiping about Sally, so I went to bat for her.
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go to bat for

Take the side of, support, defend. For example, Dad will always go to bat for his kids. This term originated in baseball, where it means simply substituting for another batter, but it is the idea of helping one's team in this way that has been transferred to more general use. [Slang; early 1900s]
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go to bat for someone

or

go in to bat for someone

mainly AMERICAN
If you go to bat for someone, you give them your support or help. She was just fabulous in going to bat for me, in not being judgmental, and helping me work it out. I wasn't ashamed to go in to bat for Matt. I had faith his acting talent would justify it. Note: This expression refers to a baseball player who joins in the game and takes the place of another batter.
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go to ˈbat for somebody

(American English, informal) give somebody help and support: Nursing students are going to go to bat for the homeless.
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go to bat for

To give assistance to; defend.
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We have someone who will go to bat for us and fight for our rights and help us stand up for what is right
She wants to know that if she's going to go to bat for us that we're going to be behind her.
If we respect others and treat diem with the greatest dignity and concern, it's amazing how they'll go to bat for us when we need them to
If we respect others and treat them with the greatest dignity and concern, it's amazing how they'll go to bat for us when we need them to.