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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bat, Batt, v. [Bat n. 1 and n.2 Cf. e.m.E. batt, batte, ME. battyn (c 1440), to beat, F. battre.]

1. tr. To fix with lead. 1601 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 771.
Ane pund weycht of leid to batt in the keipar
1617–8 M. Works Acc. XIV. 12 b.
For sex pund of leid to batt in creuckis

2. To secure or strengthen with ‘bats’. 1610 Stirling B. Rec. I. 124.
To big up the window in the over wairdhous … and to batt the same with yrone battis
1637 Kirkcaldy Presb. 119.
Iames Bruson cleithed it above and batted it [sc. the stair] with iron

3. To beat, strike. 1668 Corshill Baron Ct. 78.
Jonet Armor … compleaned vpon Williame Wyllie … for batting and abuseing of her with stroakis

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