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batting average

Baseball. a measure of the batting ability of a player, obtained by dividing the number of base hits by the number of official times at bat and carrying out the result to three decimal places. A player with 100 base hits in 300 times at bat has a batting average of 0.333.
Informal. a degree of achievement or accomplishment in any activity.
Origin of batting average
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I'll leave out 'batting average' if it makes it more truthful.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Back of my generation the batting average was just about as good.

    Homeburg Memories George Helgesen Fitch
  • The point in dispute is the figure of Delehanty's batting average in 1867.

    Fifth Avenue

    Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • Counting the two goals from touchdowns against Princeton I had a batting average of 1000 in three games.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • He could tell you the batting average of every player in the big leagues for ten years back.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • But I could be a fair fielder, I think, and maybe I could fatten up my batting average.

  • He may be a fairly good fielder, and his batting average may beat mine, said Tooley, but hell never be the iron man he once was.

  • That's a batting average of—He tried to figure it out with a pencil, but gave it up as a bad job.

    The Success Machine Henry Slesar

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