designated hitter

noun Baseball.
a hitter selected prior to the start of the game to bat for the starting pitcher and all subsequent pitchers without otherwise affecting the status of the pitchers in the game. Abbreviation: DH, dh

Origin:
1970–75, Americanism

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He can play the corner outfield, and he's an experienced designated hitter.
Of course, he isn't known for his glove, so he could also slot in at designated hitter.
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