straight bat

/streɪt ˈbæt/ (say strayt 'bat)

noun Cricket
1. a bat held in a defensive position vertical to the ground.
2. a bat moving in a curve vertical to the ground as for a drive.
phrase
3. play (with) a straight bat, Colloquial to act honestly, straightforwardly.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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