bat around

phrasal verb

batted around; batting around; bats around
informal
: to think about or talk about (something, such as an idea) for a period of time
The plan was batted around for a while, but it was finally rejected.
We've been batting the idea around for a few years.

Examples of bat around in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grant is equally sublime as her eccentric husband Sir James, the quintessential vaguely absent British toff, batting around inane observations and plummy superlatives while seeming to float above everything from minor mishaps to major disasters. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Ideas to increase transparency have been batted around: a broadcast delay, where sensitive information is redacted before being broadcast publicly; a phone application that allows accredited reporters to listen in, perhaps in real time. Chelsia Rose Marcius, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2023 With Los Angeles police investigating, gallery staff were re-watching surveillance video that captured part of the crime and batting around various theories. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2023 But while this time, 36 samples have been taken from bats around the area where Ali lived, none of them have tested positive for Nipah so far. WIRED, 22 Sep. 2023 The Mustangs batted around and scored four runs in the bottom of the second for a 5-1 lead, knocking out Cypress Christian starting pitcher Drew Mestayer. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 16 May 2023 The word gets batted around a lot, but there’s little in Galliano’s unsympathetic demeanor in the interviews shot for High & Low to suggest much more than lip service. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Sep. 2023 As of July 12, the Illinois Department of Public Health have recorded 22 instances of rabid bats around the state this year, with several reported in Chicago area counties. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 28 July 2023 The idea of a Chinese desire for comprehensive regulations has been batted around in the past, most recently by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 14 July 2023 See More

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“Bat around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bat%20around. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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