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pinch-hit

[pinch-hit] /ˈpɪntʃˈhɪt/
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
1930-1935
1930-35, Americanism; back formation from pinch hitter
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British Dictionary definitions for pinchhit

pinch-hit

verb (intransitive) -hits, -hitting, -hit
1.
(baseball) to bat as a substitute for the scheduled batter
2.
(US & Canadian, informal) 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
Derived Forms
pinch hitter, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for pinchhit

pinch-hit

verb
  1. To bat for a player who has been removed from the lineup, usually at a critical point in the game (1927+ Baseball)
  2. To substitute for someone else: Silvey has been pinch-hitting as an assistant director (1927+)

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