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blat Line breaks: blat
informal, chiefly North American

Definition of blat in English:

verb (blats, blatting, blatted)

[no object]
1Make a bleating sound: horsemen on ugly steeds, grunting and blatting and howling
More example sentences
  • It's some bureaucrat blatting off the top of his head.
  • But do remember, after you are done honking and blatting in cyberspace, that nothing you say will make any difference.
  • But when the pair of sheep were driven off, blatting indignantly, we found ourselves in possession of a handsome but completely surplus male Labrador.
2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Travel quickly: blatting down the motorway
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  • If I was after a new bike for blatting around town, I'd buy one of these straight off the mark.
  • Battered cars would do their best to tear up the tarmac some more as they blatted past, mufflers long-gone.


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A bleat or similar noise: the blat of Jack’s horn
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  • The bishop attempts to deflect attention away from the source of the problem with irresponsible and alarmist honks and blats.
  • Today the bleeps, bloops, and blats just sound quaint.


Mid 19th century: imitative.

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