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Synonyms for bats

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Great bats they were, and a dangerous species, if Jacinto was to be believed.
For a time it seemed as if the bats would fairly overwhelm the camp, so many of them were there.
These vampire bats sometimes depopulate a whole village.
Aislabie stood by looking on in his white hat, leaning on a bat, in benevolent enjoyment.
The ball flies off his bat to all parts of the field, and he gives no rest and no catches to any one.
He is leaning forward with his elbows resting on his knees, and dandling his favourite bat, with which he has made thirty or forty runs to-day, in his strong brown hands.
Oh, Tom, never mind the bats, let's go back that way
Secondly, is it possible that an animal having, for instance, the structure and habits of a bat, could have been formed by the modification of some animal with wholly different habits?
If a different case had been taken, and it had been asked how an insectivorous quadruped could possibly have been converted into a flying bat, the question would have been far more difficult, and I could have given no answer.
And it seems to me that nothing less than a long list of such cases is sufficient to lessen the difficulty in any particular case like that of the bat.
Boys lingered talking to one another, and presently some who had hurried to change came out to play fives; others straggled out in twos and threes and went out of the gateway, Philip knew they were going up to the cricket ground; others again went into the precincts to bat at the nets.
As I gave him the bat he looked brave, but something wet fell on my hand, and then a sudden fear seized me lest David should not win.
He had caught the ball too high on the bat, and I just missed the catch.
When I came back from fielding this last ball I found him embracing his bat, and to my sour congratulations he could at first reply only with hysterical sounds.
Bat was put in full possession of all the circumstances of the inroad, his concern immediately took a different direction.