pinch-hit

pinch hit

noun Baseball.
a hit made by a pinch hitter.

Origin:
1910–15

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pinch-hit

[pinch-hit]
verb (used without object), pinch-hit, pinch-hitting.
1.
Baseball. to serve as a pinch hitter.
2.
Informal. to substitute for someone, especially in an emergency.
verb (used with object), pinch-hit, pinch-hitting.
3.
Baseball. to get, or make (a hit) in pinch-hitting.

Origin:
1930–35, Americanism; back formation from pinch hitter

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pinch-hit
 
vb , -hits, -hitting, -hit
1.  baseball to bat as a substitute for the scheduled batter
2.  informal (US), (Canadian) to act as a substitute
3.  cricket (of a batsman in a limited-overs match) to bat aggressively at the start of an innings in order to take advantage of fielding restrictions
 
pinch hitter
 
n

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