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batten on

Definition of batten on

British formal + disapproving

  1. :  to live well or succeed by using (something or someone) <He is someone who battens on the generosity of others.>



Word by Word Definitions

battenplay
  1. :  to grow fat

    :  to feed gluttonously

    :  fatten

  1. :  a piece of lumber used especially for flooring

    :  a thin narrow strip of lumber used especially to seal or reinforce a joint

    :  a strip, bar, or support resembling or used similarly to a batten (as in a sail)

  1. :  to furnish with battens

    :  to make one secure by or as if by battens


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