bat around

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



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