dug·​out | \ ˈdəg-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dugout (audio) \

Definition of dugout

1 : a boat made by hollowing out a large log
2a : a shelter dug in a hillside also : a shelter dug in the ground and roofed with sod
b : an area in the side of a trench for quarters, storage, or protection
3 : either of two low shelters on either side of and facing a baseball diamond that contain the players' benches

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No one in the Barcelona dugout has ever really told Lionel Messi what to do. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Lionel Messi Is More Important Than Ever," 17 Apr. 2019 After hearing complaints from the Cubs dugout, Estabrook took a few steps down the third base line and held up a hand, essentially saying that was enough. John Jackson, The Seattle Times, "Quintana strikes out 11 in 7 innings, Cubs beat Pirates 2-0," 11 Apr. 2019 The umpire stopped play in the bottom of the ninth inning and jogged to the Yankees dugout. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Umpire stops Yankees-White Sox game to remove insect from his ear," 9 Aug. 2018 Be sure to avoid open structures such as porches, gazebos, baseball dugouts, and sports arenas. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lightning can cause wildfires — and death — in a flash," 8 July 2018 The game’s start was delayed as a bee hive was forming in the Hooks dugout. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Baseball game delayed after a massive bee swarm takes over the home dugout," 8 July 2018 Then, Rivera-Cotto sat back down on the bucket — closer to the plate than any other player in YBC’s dugout — and the smile quickly returned along with the chatter. Tod Palmer, kansascity, "Baseball-playing Puerto Rico native reflects on Hurricane Maria, life in Midwest," 5 July 2018 Athletic Director Fred Glass tabbed the younger Jeff Mercer as his next head coach at the beginning of this week, replacing Chris Lemonis in the Bart Kaufman Field dugout. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Jeff Mercer a natural fit to take IU baseball to next level," 3 July 2018 For a few moments Sunday, between pitches in the eighth inning, Gabe Kapler vacated his usual position on the steps of the dugout to retrieve a cup of water. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Andrew Knapp's walk-off homer gives Phillies improbable win over Nationals in 13 innings," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of dugout

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dugout

: a low shelter that faces a baseball field and contains the bench where the players and coaches of a team sit
: a shelter that is made by digging a hole in the ground or into the side of a hill
: a small boat that is made by cutting out the center of a large tree trunk


dug·​out | \ ˈdəg-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dugout (audio) \

Kids Definition of dugout

1 : a low shelter facing a baseball diamond and containing the players' bench
2 : a shelter dug in a hillside or in the ground
3 : a boat made by hollowing out a log

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