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Bat

Harlequin's lath wand (French, battle, a wooden sword).

To carry out one's bat
(in cricket). Not to be “out” when the time for drawing the stumps has arrived. Off his own bat. By his own exertions; on his own account. A cricketer's phrase, meaning runs won by a single player.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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