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Battue   Listen

A hunt in which beaters force the game to flee in the direction of the hunter.
Indiscriminate slaughter.  Synonyms: bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed.  "Ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name" , "The valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder" , "A huge prison battue was ordered"

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"Battue" Quotes from Famous Books

... which they were thrust by a few coppers dropped into some horny palm. And, in a world less directly subject to man, there must evidently be partridges, pheasants, deer, hares, which have no luck, which never escape the gun; while others, one knows not how or why, emerge unscathed from every battue. ...
— The Buried Temple • Maurice Maeterlinck

... began his tale. It was to have been a battue, he explained. Natives had come overnight, hearing that a sahib had arrived. They reported that a bad tiger had lived for a month in the jungle, close to the village. It had already killed and eaten three persons, besides destroying many bullocks belonging to the people. 'Unless the sahib comes ...
— Chatterbox, 1906 • Various

... astonishment. He was too experienced in the ways of finance and financiers. It was a matter of indifference to him whether I was trying to assassinate my friend and ally, or was feinting at Langdon, to lure the public within reach so that we might, together, fall upon it and make a battue. Your lawyer is your true mercenary. Under his code honor consists in making the best possible fight in exchange for the biggest possible fee. He is frankly for sale to the highest bidder. At least so it is with ...
— The Deluge • David Graham Phillips

... place, in a beautifully wooded, mountainous country, where there was jungle and cane-brake, with plenty of sport for those who cared for it, the rajah being ready enough to get up shooting-parties and find elephants and beaters for a grand tiger battue ...
— Gil the Gunner - The Youngest Officer in the East • George Manville Fenn

... to be done!" repeated Cyrus Harding. "When Herbert is cured, we can organise a general battue of the island, and have satisfaction of these convicts. That will be the object of our grand expedition at the ...
— The Secret of the Island • W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)

Words linked to "Battue" :   bloodbath, bloodletting, massacre, butchery, slaughter, hunting, hunt, mass murder, carnage

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