Green’s Dictionary of Slang

batter n.2

[SE batter, to hit]

wear and tear, stress and strain; thus can’t stand the batter, not up to the stress.

[Ire] ‘Swaggering Jack’ in Luke Caffrey’s Gost 3: His back had often felt the smart, / Of Tyburn strings at the tail of a cart; / He stood the batter but that’s no matter.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict. 71: BATTER, wear and tear; can’t stand the batter, not equal to the task.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 11: ‘Can’t stand the batter,’ i.e. not equal to the task.