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bat1 US English

An implement with a handle and a solid surface, usually of wood, used for hitting the ball in games such as baseball, cricket, and table tennis

bat2 US English

A mainly nocturnal mammal capable of sustained flight, with membranous wings that extend between the fingers and connecting the forelimbs to the body and the hindlimbs to the tail

bat3 US English

Flutter one’s eyelashes, typically in a flirtatious manner

at-bat US English

A player’s turn at batting, as officially recorded

bat fly US English

A bloodsucking fly of spider-like appearance, parasitic on bats and bearing live young

dead bat US English

A bat held loosely so that the ball falls to the ground immediately when struck

white bat US English

A bat with white fur found mainly in Central America

ghost bat US English

Any of a number of bats with mainly white or grey fur, in particular:

fruit bat US English

A bat with a long snout and large eyes, feeding chiefly on fruit or nectar and found mainly in the Old World tropics

bat around US English

Travel widely, frequently, or casually

bat mitzvah US English

A religious initiation ceremony for a Jewish girl aged twelve years and one day, regarded as the age of religious maturity

bulldog bat US English

A fish-eating bat that has long legs and very large feet with sharp claws, native to Central and South America

mastiff bat US English

A heavily built, free-tailed bat with a broad muzzle, found mainly in America and Australasia

bat-eared fox US English

A small fox found in southern and East Africa, with very large ears that are used to locate insect prey

whiskered bat US English

A small brown myotis bat native to Eurasia

hairless bat US English

An almost hairless black free-tailed bat found in SE Asia

horseshoe bat US English

An insectivorous Old World bat with a horseshoe-shaped ridge on the nose

Leisler's bat US English

A small blackish bat related to the noctule, found from Europe and North Africa to central Asia

Daubenton's bat US English

A small brown myotis bat that typically flies low over water, found throughout Eurasia

bat a thousand US English

Be very successful; achieve perfection

tube-nosed bat US English

An Old World bat with tubular nostrils

go to bat for in bat1 US English

Defend the interests of; support

hog-nosed bat US English

A tiny insectivorous bat with a piglike nose and no tail, native to Thailand. It is the smallest known bat

leaf-nosed bat US English

A bat with a leaflike appendage on the snout

long-eared bat US English

An insectivorous bat with ears that are very long in proportion to the body

go to bat for US English

Defend the interests of; support

blind as a bat US English

Having very bad eyesight

free-tailed bat US English

A streamlined fast-flying insectivorous bat with a projecting tail, found in tropical and subtropical countries

bat around in bat1 US English

Travel widely, frequently, or casually

mouse-eared bat US English

Another term for myotis.

mouse-tailed bat US English

An insectivorous bat with a long mouselike tail, native to Africa and Asia and often found in man-made structures

right off the bat US English

At the very beginning

bat something around US English

Discuss an idea or proposal casually or idly

not bat an eyelid US English

Show (or showing) no reaction

bat something around in bat1 US English

Discuss an idea or proposal casually or idly

like a bat out of hell US English

Very fast and wildly

blind as a bat in blind US English

Having very bad eyesight

bat a thousand in bat1 US English

Be very successful; achieve perfection

not bat an eyelid in bat3 US English

Show (or showing) no reaction

right off the bat in bat1 US English

At the very beginning

old bat in bat2 US English

A woman regarded as unattractive or unpleasant

batwing US English

(Of a sleeve) having a deep armhole and a tight cuff

batboy US English

A boy who is employed to look after and retrieve bats during a baseball game and as a general assistant at other times

batshit US English

Completely mad or crazy

moonbat US English

A person with extreme left-wing political views

fungo bat in fungo US English

A long lightweight bat for hitting practice balls to fielders

like a bat out of hell in bat2 US English

Very fast and wildly

freetail bat in free-tailed bat US English

A streamlined fast-flying insectivorous bat with a projecting tail, found in tropical and subtropical countries

vampire bat in vampire US English

A small bat that feeds on the blood of mammals or birds using its two sharp incisor teeth and anticoagulant saliva, found mainly in tropical America

hoary bat in hoary US English

Used in names of animals and plants covered with whitish fur or short hairs, e.g., hoary bat, hoary cress


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