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double play

noun, Baseball.
1.
a play in which two putouts are made.
Origin of double play
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism
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  • Larry set himself for the ball, while Iredell ran over to cover the bag for a double play.

  • To make him hit into a double play, Jim made the next an outcurve.

  • If the batter tried to get a hit, it looked like a great opportunity for a double play by Harvard.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • She made a sensible comment on the double play which had saved the game in the eighth.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • Many had come forward to congratulate Sam on his fine work in putting through a double play unassisted in the last inning.

    The Rover Boys on a Tour Arthur M. Winfield
  • An attempt to sacrifice him home failed, and a double play was made, retiring the side.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • In this double play theory may be at fault, but practical ability will always triumph.

  • In silence Dugan left the field, and the Reds, who were jubilant over the double play, came in from the diamond.

  • Mylert hit to short and Joe was forced at second, though Berry relayed the ball to Hobbs too late for a double play.

  • With runners on bases, a double play may sometimes be made by allowing such a hit to first strike the ground.

    Base-Ball John M. Ward
British Dictionary definitions for double play

double play

noun
1.
(baseball) a play in which two runners are put out
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