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pinch hitter

Baseball. a substitute who bats for a teammate, often at a critical moment of the game.
any substitute for another, especially in an emergency.
Origin of pinch hitter
1910-15, Americanism Unabridged
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pinch hitter

A substitute for another person, especially in an emergency. For example, Pat expected her mother to help with the baby, but just in case, she lined up her mother-in-law as pinch hitter. This expression comes from baseball, where it is used for a player substituting for another at bat at a critical point or in a tight situation (called a pinch since the late 1400s). [ Late 1800s ]
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