- 1a piece of wood with a handle, made in various shapes and sizes, and used for hitting the ball in games such as baseball a baseball bat compare racket
- 2an animal like a mouse with wings, that flies and feeds at night (= it is nocturnal ). There are many types of bats. see also fruit bat, vampire bat Idioms
- 1(in baseball)
- 2trying to hit the ball with a bat It's his first time at bat in the major leagues.
- 3 at-bat an occasion when a player is trying to hit the ball with a bat Who had the most at-bats last season?
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not able to see well She's as blind as a bat without her glasses.
(as) blind as a bat (humorous)jump to other results
to be strange or crazy
have bats in the/your belfry (informal) (old-fashioned)jump to other results
very fast She was driving like a bat out of hell.
like a bat out of hell (informal)jump to other results
immediately; without delay We liked each other right off the bat. The threat of a strike is one of the issues we have to deal with right off the bat.
right off the bat (informal)jump to other results