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go to bat for

Definition of go to bat for

US informal

  1. :  to try to help, support, or defend (someone or something) in an active way <Many of his friends went to bat for him while he was under investigation for fraud.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move on a course :  proceed — compare stop

    :  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied :  leave, depart

    :  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. :  the act or manner of going

    :  the height of fashion :  rage

    :  an often unexpected turn of affairs :  occurrence

  1. :  functioning properly :  being in good and ready condition

  1. :  a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

  1. :  a stout solid stick :  club

    :  a sharp blow :  stroke

    :  a usually wooden implement used for hitting the ball in various games

  1. :  to strike or hit with or as if with a bat

    :  to advance (a base runner) by batting

    :  to have a batting average of

  1. :  any of a widely distributed order (Chiroptera) of nocturnal usually frugivorous or insectivorous flying mammals that have wings formed from four elongated digits of the forelimb covered by a cutaneous membrane and that have adequate visual capabilities but often rely on echolocation

  1. :  to wink especially in surprise or emotion

    :  flutter


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