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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 of designated hitter
1970-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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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