bats


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bats

 (băts)
adj. Slang
Mentally deranged; crazy.

[From bats in the belfry.]

bats

(bæts)
adj
informal crazy; very eccentric
[from bats-in-the-belfry (sense 2)]

bats

(bæts)

adj.
Slang. insane; crazy.
[1915–20; appar. bat2 + -s3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bats - informal or slang terms for mentally irregularbats - informal or slang terms for mentally irregular; "it used to drive my husband balmy"
insane - afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement; "was declared insane"; "insane laughter"
Translations

bats

adj pred (inf)bekloppt (inf); you must be batsdu spinnst wohl! (inf)
References in classic literature ?
In the lighted space before one of the lamps, two bats wheeled and circled, pursuing the gathering swarm of night flies.
That silence seemed to ooze out of the ground, to hang under the foliage of the black maple trees with the bats and shadows.
The bats had ceased to beat their wings about the ruin.
When I brought my procession of human bats up into the open world and the glare of the afternoon sun -- previously blindfolding them, in charity for eyes so long untortured by light -- they were a spectacle to look at.
It is just wings, and wings, and wings, till you are weary: turkeys, and geese, and bats, and butterflies, and angels, and grasshoppers, and flying-fish, and - well, there is really no end to the tribe; it gives me the heaves just to think of it.
I dreamt another dream, sir: that Thornfield Hall was a dreary ruin, the retreat of bats and owls.
To have seen the mother and son, like two great bats hanging over the whole house, and darkening it with their ugly forms, made me so uncomfortable, that I would rather have remained downstairs, knitting and all, than gone to bed.
And whenever any creatures got sick--not only horses and cows and dogs--but all the little things of the fields, like harvest-mice and water-voles, badgers and bats, they came at once to his house on the edge of the town, so that his big garden was nearly always crowded with animals trying to get in to see him.
I have told the bats to watch through the dark time.
He got up, however, and as there came no more crows, or night-birds like the bats that flew out at the same time with the crows, the cousin and Sancho giving him rope, he lowered himself into the depths of the dread cavern; and as he entered it Sancho sent his blessing after him, making a thousand crosses over him and saying, "God, and the Pena de Francia, and the Trinity of Gaeta guide thee, flower and cream of knights-errant.
Bats usually wheel about, but this one seemed to go straight on, as if it knew where it was bound for or had some intention of its own.
Over and through it all went the bats, heeding it not at all.