assault and battery


noun Law.

an assault with an actual touching or other violence upon another. Abbreviation: a&b

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Origin of assault and battery

First recorded in 1580–90
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Example sentences 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

noun

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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