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assault and battery

noun, Law.
an assault with an actual touching or other violence upon another.
Origin of assault and battery
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Why, you could see that old girl fairly squirm when she got one of them assault-and-battery glances.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for assault-and-battery

assault and battery

(criminal law) a threat of attack to another person followed by actual attack, which need amount only to touching with hostile intent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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