force play


: a play in which a runner is forced to advance to the next base when the batter puts the ball in play and can be put out if a fielder holding the ball touches the base before the runner reaches it

Examples of force play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parsons would contort himself to get around blocks and force plays to fall apart. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 15 June 2023 Naylor had to charge the ball, leaving him with just a force play at second to attempt. Julian McWilliams,, 8 June 2023 The Mariners took a 6-0 advantage when Jarred Kelenic grounded into a force play with right-handed reliever Mason Englert on the mound. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2023 However, Spanish Fort shortstop Nemo Hixon made a diving stop on Jamison Curtis’ groundball in the hole and got a force play on Goff at second. Ben Thomas |, al, 6 May 2023 In the sixth, Seager threw wide of second on a force play attempt. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 9 Apr. 2023 Ramón Laureano grounded into a force play. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2021 The walks did not hurt Bieber as Abreu hit into a force play to end the first and went down on a fly ball to center to end the third. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2022 But Cole buckled down in front of an agitated sellout crowd, getting a force play at the plate before striking out Andres Gimenez on a slider. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'force play.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of force play was in 1912

Dictionary Entries Near force play

Cite this Entry

“Force play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on force play

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!