bat around

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bat around (phrasal verb)

  1. (intransitive, baseball) To have at least nine or ten batters bat in a half-inning. See usage notes below.
    Seven runs are in; they've batted around.
  2. (transitive, informal) To discuss.
    I think we've batted this idea around enough to take a decision.

Usage notes[edit]

  • There is no consensus as to whether 'batting around' refers to nine or ten hitter batting in a half-inning[1].
  • In transitive senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.



  1. ^ MLB: Here’s a Perplexing Question to Bat Around, The Wall Street Journal, Jared Diamond, April 20, 2015