[ba-too, -tyoo; French ba-ty]
- the beating or driving of game from cover toward a stationary hunter.
- a hunt or hunting party using this method of securing game.
- undiscriminating slaughter of defenseless or unresisting crowds.
Origin of battue
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Examples from the Web for battue
The noise is as if a thousand sportsmen were out for a battue.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
The Indian assured him that it was not the first battue of the kind he had made.The Forest Exiles
And as he surveyed the battue he would gradually discern its tactics.
His burghers were ready to "go on the battue of Englishmen," when he gave the word.Lord Milner's Work in South Africa
W. Basil Worsfold
A battue of Communards is obviously superior to a battue of pheasants.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
- the beating of woodland or cover to force game to flee in the direction of hunters
- an organized shooting party using this method
- the game disturbed or shot by this method
- 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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