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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The Dodgers threatened in the bottom of the ninth after center fielder Cody Bellinger led off with a single, only to slink back to the dugout in embarrassing fashion, after David Price picked him off first base. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Beat Red Sox, Eventually, in Longest-Ever World Series Game," 27 Oct. 2018 While the team’s translator Eugene Koo joined Oh and Russell Martin to go over pitches, the umpiring crew convened on the meeting and told the translator to return to the dugout. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Blue Jays coach throws gloves in post-ejection tirade over umpires stopping a translator," 8 July 2018 After a run scored on a ground out, Anthony Rizzo received a standing ovation from the Wrigley Field crowd on his way back to the dugout. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds bullpen blows 5-run lead in loss to Chicago Cubs," 7 July 2018 Francona chuckled during the mound visit to pull Perez, but the funniest moment was Perez doing his customary leap over the base line on the way to the dugout. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Could Giants, other teams be cautious at trade deadline because of luxury tax?," 30 June 2018 Matthews got up, covered his face with a glove, and then walked to the dugout. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Packers' Clay Matthews needs surgery after getting hit in face with liner at charity softball game," 4 June 2018 Cardiff’s players, who sported daffodils embroidered on their shirts in Sala’s honor, celebrated a goal by racing to the home dugout and holding up a blue shirt bearing Sala’s photograph. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Man leading search for Sala’s plane says wreckage found," 4 Feb. 2019 One after another, the Texas Rangers made the long, sad march back to the dugout. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s up with all the strikeouts in Major League Baseball?," 12 July 2018 Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel walks to the dugout after being pulled during the fifth inning Sunday’s no-decision against the Texas Rangers. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "The unravelling of Dallas Keuchel," 10 June 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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