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 (bă-to͞o′, -tyo͞o′)
1. The beating of woods and bushes to flush game.
2. A hunt in which this is done.

[French, feminine of battu, past participle of battre, to beat, from Old French batre; see batter1.]
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(bæˈtuː; -ˈtjuː; French baty)
1. (Hunting) the beating of woodland or cover to force game to flee in the direction of hunters
2. (Hunting)
a. an organized shooting party using this method
b. the game disturbed or shot by this method
3. indiscriminate slaughter, as of a defenceless crowd
[C19: from French, feminine of battu beaten, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere]
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(bæˈtu, -ˈtyu)

1. the beating of woods and bush to flush game.
2. a hunt or hunting party using this method.
[1810–20; < French, n. use of feminine of battu, past participle of battre < Latin battuere to beat]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battue - a hunt in which beaters force the game to flee in the direction of the hunter
hunting, hunt - the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport
2.battue - indiscriminate slaughterbattue - indiscriminate slaughter; "a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered"; "ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name"; "the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder"; "a huge prison battue was ordered"
carnage, mass murder, massacre, slaughter, butchery - the savage and excessive killing of many people
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There were shooting-parties and battues; there was a plenty of balls and entertainments at the hospitable Court; the society was generally good; the theatre excellent; and the living cheap.
This lonely spot, once used for an extempore burying-place, after a sanguinary BATTUE between the French and Austrians, is the perfection of desolation; there is nothing in sight to mark the hand of man, except the line of weather-beaten whitened posts, set up to indicate the direction of the pass in the OWDAWAKK of winter.
L'intensification de ces battues par la Direction regionale des Eaux et Forets et de la Lutte contre la Desertification du Sud-Ouest pour la regulation des effectifs des sangliers, intervient dans le cadre de la mise en oeuvre des recommandations de la rencontre du Ministre de l'Agriculture, de la Peche Maritime, du Developpement Rural et des Eaux et Forets avec plusieurs acteurs de la region de Souss-Massa (agriculteurs, elus, parlementaires et societe civile),tenue le jeudi 29 novembre 2018 a Rabat, et consacree a l'examen des problematiques liees aux sangliers dans la region.
To mitigate those damages and the social conflicts that they create, hunting battues involving experienced local hunters were used as a lethal population control method in a protected Iberian wetland.
[beaucoup moins que]Je les ai deja affrontees toutes les deux, et je les ai battues. On part donc avec l'avantage psychologique d'avoir deja battu ces deux joueuses.
Seulement battues en finale des JO par les Americaines, les Francaises doivent confirmer.
Un alcoolique, il n'est pas Une femme battue, je ne suis pas Des femmes battues, il en connaEt Il leur distribue des repas EC cet emploi on le connaEt Chacun le recommanderait.
Les Lyonnaises, battues en finale de la Ligue des Champions par Wolfsburg (1-0), realisent le troisieme double coupe-championnat de leur histoire, le deuxieme d'affilee.