He shot up his right and it pounded into the battler's ribs.
He felt the battler's strength in that clinch and he realized it was more than his.
His body reeled as the battler pounded him, his head, his face, his back.
I, despite my birth and lineage, am a battler for the truth.
The battler swayed far to the right, the glove of his right hand almost touching the floor.
The fellow with the canker at his heart is not the battler but the envious shirker who is too "proud" to risk a fall.
They carried him to his corner, the battler on one side, the referee on the other.
His fist struck only the air and the battler, his lips drawn back, his eyes blazing, crashed into him.
The battler feinted, swaying his body from side to side, and came at him.
He rushed and saw a look of surprise cross the battler's face as he dodged to one side.
c.1300, from Old French bataille "battle, single combat," also "inner turmoil, harsh circumstances; army, body of soldiers," from Late Latin battualia "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing," from Latin battuere "to beat, to strike" (see batter (v.)). Phrase battle royal "fight involving several combatants" is from 1670s.
early 14c., "to fight," from French batailler (12c.), from bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Battled; battling.