assault and battery

See synonyms for assault and battery on
  1. an assault with an actual touching or other violence upon another. Abbreviation: a&b

Origin of assault and battery

First recorded in 1580–90

Words Nearby assault and battery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use assault and battery in a sentence

  • 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

  1. 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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012