assault and battery

noun Law.

an assault with an actual touching or other violence upon another.

Origin of assault and battery

First recorded in 1580–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for assault and battery

  • Why, you could see that old girl fairly squirm when she got one of them assault-and-battery glances.

British Dictionary definitions for assault and battery

assault and battery


criminal law a threat of attack to another person followed by actual attack, which need amount only to touching with hostile intent
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