You all know what a bat is right? If not, I’ll tell you…

A bat is a flying nocturnal mammal that sleeps upside down. Some bats drink the blood of their prey, others prefer insects.


FUN FACT – The word ‘bat’ has other meanings in English too (it’s a homonym). If you don’t know what a homonym is but would like to find out, click the link. They are very useful for English language learners to know.

bat idioms and sayings

here is a list of bat idioms.

  • as blind as a bat
    meaning – you can’t see a thing
    example – My grandad is as blind as a bat, he can’t read road signs anymore.
  • have bats in one’s belfry
    meaning – be crazy or eccentric
    example – My nan hasn’t been taking her medication, she has bats in her belfry.
  • like a bat out of hell
    meaning – very sudden, quick, and frantic
    example – The kids ran out of the haunted castle like a bat out of hell.
  • old bat
    meaning – an annoying/irritating old person
    example – The old bat next door just pinched my football.

bat idioms and sayings with pictures

Click on the pictures below to learn some common idioms and sayings about bats. Each idiom includes the meaning and a real-life picture example.

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You can download a table of bat idioms and sayings below.

If you’ve enjoyed this page, don’t forget to check out some more animal idioms by clicking on the links below.