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Bat An Eyelid : Phrases


A blink or wink.



The word bat derives from the now obsolete bate in turn from the Old French batre meaning to beat the wings, to flutter.

To do something off your own bat means to do something on your own initiative without help or even without permission.

Why bat? This is said to be an analogy with cricket where a batsman scores runs off his own bat.

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