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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 of wild pitch
1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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wild pitch

A careless statement or action, as in Calling comic books great literature—that'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 ]
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