relief pitcher

relief pitcher

noun Baseball.
1.
a pitcher brought into a game to replace another pitcher, often in a critical situation.
2.
a pitcher regularly so used, as opposed to one who regularly starts games.
Also called reliever, reliefer.


Origin:
1945–50

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relief pitcher
 
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baseball Also called: reliever a pitcher who replaces a side's main pitcher during a game

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