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- St Peter's College JCR has passed a motion to add £5 to every under-graduate's termly battels bill to be donated to charity.
- To cover the cost of this operation, all the undergraduates in college were charged a share of £500 to their battels.
- Following the deadline for the payment of battels, the Queens' partial-payment rent strike faced an uncertain future yesterday when college authorities denied non-payers the right to use certain facilities.
Late 16th century: perhaps from dialect battle 'nourish', from the earlier adjective battle 'nutritious'; probably related to batten2.
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