bat·ter·ing | \ˈba-tə-riŋ \

Definition of battering 

1 : violent physical abuse that usually involves the act of striking someone repeatedly or heavily in order to cause injury Feminists turned violence against women, previously a well-kept secret, into a public political issue; made rape, incest, battering and sexual harassment understood as crimes; and got public funding for shelters for battered women.The Nation

2 : a damaging experience or situation : an injury, setback, or defeat That was the year Canada rebounded from a 28–4 battering in the round-robin to beat the U.S. 17–16 in the championship final …— Bob Kravitz While her confidence took a battering [=was damaged], she kept a game face throughout the season.— Sally Bedell Smith

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The lira, which has taken a battering over concerns that the central bank’s independence is under threat from politicians in Turkey agitating for lower interest rates, rallied in response. The Economist, "Business this week," 31 May 2018 But can a conference that strong and the weekly batterings that are so fierce become a detriment to the league? Patrick Brennan,, "Is the Big East too tough for its own good?," 4 Jan. 2018 Finally, police tried to enter the garage with a battering ram. Eric Adler And Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "‘KCPD murdered my only daughter,’ says mother of woman who wielded decorative sword," 15 June 2018 Don't doubt for a second that the batterings and grueling battles will take a toll, too. Patrick Brennan,, "Is the Big East too tough for its own good?," 4 Jan. 2018 Rutter thinks parking should be prohibited on Main Street because floods turn the cars into battering rams, smashing into properties and causing damage. Luke Broadwater,, "It could cost $85 million to make Ellicott City safer from flooding — but that still wouldn't eliminate the threat. Should the historic town be rebuilt?," 1 June 2018 One Wildcat pilot, apparently out of ammunition, used his plane’s wheels as a battering ram, repeatedly smashing into a Betty from above until the Japanese bomber crashed into the sea. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "In World War II, San Francisco’s namesake ship was a Navy hero," 25 May 2018 Ms Nahles has a battle trying to unite the SPD after its battering at last year’s general election and contentious decision to join another grand coalition with the Christian Democrats. The Economist, "Politics this week," 26 Apr. 2018 If prices jump, would those students want to go to a school whose reputation has taken a battering in recent months? David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How will Michigan State pay for Nassar victim settlements?," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of battering

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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