wild pitch

noun Baseball.
a pitched ball that the catcher misses and could not be expected to catch, resulting in a base runner's or runners' advancing one or more bases or the batter's reaching first base safely.
Compare passed ball.


Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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wild pitch

A careless statement or action, as in Calling comic books great literaturethat's a wild pitch. This term comes from baseball, where it signifies a pitched ball so far off target that the catcher misses it, enabling a base runner to advance. [Mid-1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Two walks, a wild pitch and a single produced two runs.
He reached there before the bail and took second on a wild pitch.
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