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passed ball

noun, Baseball.
1.
a pitched ball that the catcher can reasonably be expected to catch but misses, resulting in a base runner's or runners' advancing one or more bases or in the batter's reaching first base safely.
Compare wild pitch.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism
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