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designated hitter

noun, Baseball.
1.
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
1970-1975
1970-75, Americanism
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