bat out


batted out; batting out; bats out

transitive verb

: to compose especially in a casual, careless, or hurried manner
batted out a first draft of the memo

Examples of bat out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nikki Cross ran down to this ring like a bat out of hell, and almost legitimately collided with Carmella. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 Sarah Sherman is like a bat out of hell. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Nov. 2022 Opponents have done their best at taking the bat out of her hands having walked 10 times in the last five games. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 1 June 2022 Another video showed an employee trying to get the bat out of its hiding spot. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 9 Mar. 2022 In videos posted to Twitter by theatergoers @Jeremiah24_ and @sparty1211, the bat can be seen flying around as a staff member explains their plan for getting the bat out of the theater. Christian Holub,, 7 Mar. 2022 Anthony Michael Hall, who in his crewcut looks like the kind of Middle American lout who cheered on the Capitol Riot, picks up a baseball bat out of the bar and heads after Michael. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 These are felt like fleeting pulses through the seat and steering wheel, signaled mostly by the semiquaver in the engine’s wail and the fact the car is going upstairs like a beautiful bat out of hell. Dan Neil, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Then shut off the lights inside and shine a flashlight beam out the open door to guide the bat out. René A. Guzman,, 20 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bat out was in 1941

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“Bat out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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