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English definition of “batten on sb”

batten on sb

literary phrasal verb with batten     /ˈbæt.ən/ US  /ˈbæt̬-/ verb [T]
to live well by using someone else's money: He's spent these last five years battening on a rich aunt of his.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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