Middle English batildoreperhaps blend ofbetelbatbeetle3 Old Provençal batedorbat (frombattreto beat) (from Late Latin batterebatter1)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Battledore Sentence Examples
Lord Temple endeavoured to secure his exclusion on the ground that he had taken orders in the Church, and one of Gilray's caricatures delineates the two politicians, Temple and Camelford, playing at battledore and shuttlecock, with Horne Tooke as the shuttlecock.
He always maintained that fame was a shuttlecock which could be kept up only by being beaten back as well as beaten forward, and which would soon fall if there were only one battledore.