are an endless battery and distraction

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  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    "Battery" is an old-fashioned word for "physical injury". It is not used very often, by itself. In your example sentence, it means that these many ongoing loud noises are harming us (and distracting us).

    Modern, common uses in AE:

    We say "a battered spouse" to mean a person who has been physically injured by their wife or husband.

    And the official police term for a crime, "assault and battery", means the crime of physically attacking ("assault") and injuring ("battery") another person.
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