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off the bat

Definition of off the bat

chiefly US informal

  1. :  without any delay :  immediately —usually used with right <I could tell it was fake right off the bat.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

  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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