bat around

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to bat around ‎(phrasal verb)

  1. (intransitive, baseball) To have at least ten batters bat in a half inning.
    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]

  • 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.