double play

noun

: a play in baseball by which two players are put out

Examples of double play in a Sentence

The batter hit into a double play. They turned a double play to end the inning.
Recent Examples on the Web The shortstop had two of the Patriots’ six hits in the game and was involved in turning three double plays during the week that included a 3-0 win over Los Alamitos in the semifinals. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 21 May 2024 The usually dominant Doval struggled to find the strike zone, Marco Luciano — the Giants’ rookie shortstop — bobbled a potential game-ending double play grounder, and a Pirates rookie making his major-league debut snuck a single past second baseman Thairo Estrada to extend the inning. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for double play 

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double play was in 1860

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“Double play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double%20play. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

double play

noun
: a play in baseball in which two base runners are put out

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