pinch-hitter

pinch hitter

noun
1.
Baseball. a substitute who bats for a teammate, often at a critical moment of the game.
2.
any substitute for another, especially in an emergency.

Origin:
1910–15, Americanism

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pinch hitter definition


  1. n.
    a substitute batter in the game of baseball. : Sam is a pinch hitter for Ralph, who broke his wrist.
  2. n.
    any substitute person. : In school today we had a pinch hitter. Our teacher was sick.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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