Our pension funds were buying their assets; the Anglo-Saxon doctrines of political economy were battering the French way.
But, also, such pulse-pounding adventure is a battering ram against the central bulwark of a civilized society.
The police certainly need no more scandal—their chief was forced to resign this week after being convicted of battering his wife.
One with a pistol strapped to his hip swings a battering ram into a door.
One could picture catapults and trebuchets, battering rams and siege towers.
If we had time to construct machines for battering the walls, it would be an easy business; but that is out of the question.
Deeper in the forest the battering of the rain was mitigated.
A battering blow fell, knocked the pistol clattering over the floor, and David instinctively clutched the other's wrist.
Then they kept on battering at him with their fists till he fell to the floor.
The battering ram was simply a heavy timber with a metal head, swung by chains from a kind of wooden trestle.
"strike repeatedly, beat violently and rapidly," early 14c., from Old French batre "to beat, strike" (11c., Modern French battre "to beat, to strike"), from Latin battuere "to beat, strike," an old word in Latin, but almost certainly borrowed from Gaulish, from PIE root *bhau- "to strike" (cf. Welsh bathu "beat;" Old English beadu "battle," beatan "to beat," bytl "hammer, mallet"). Began to be widely used 1962 in reference to domestic abuse. Related: Battered; battering. Battering-ram is an ancient weapon (Latin aries), but the word attested only from 1610s.
"flour, eggs, and milk beaten together," late 14c., from Old French batteure "a beating," from Latin battuere "to beat, knock" (see batter (v.)).