base on balls

noun phrase

: an advance to first base awarded a baseball player who during a turn at bat takes four pitches that are balls : walk entry 2 sense 6

Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of base on balls was in 1891

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“Base on balls.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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base on balls

: an advance to first base given to a baseball batter who takes four pitches that are balls

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