foul tip


: a pitched ball in baseball that is slightly deflected by the bat
specifically : a tipped pitch legally caught by the catcher and counting as a full strike with the ball remaining in play

Examples of foul tip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sandoval fouled off four straight pitches before striking out on a foul tip. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 27 Mar. 2024 Trimble, who had 13 home runs and 52 RBI as a sophomore last season, survived a check-swing review that would have been strike three, then stayed alive when his foul tip hit White's glove but eventually came out. Tom Murphy,, 17 Feb. 2024 Dreams of accruing such gaudy counting stats as a catcher ended in August 2013 when Mauer took a foul tip off the mask, landed on the seven-day concussion list – and missed the rest of that season. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 Weissert’s streak remained intact, as Vierling stuck out on a foul tip off a 95.1 mph four-seamer. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 7 Sep. 2023 Gallagher was put on the injured list Aug. 17 after taking a foul tip to the mask in an Aug. 16 game against the Reds at Great American Ballpark. Joe Noga, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2023 Reese McGuire was hit on the top of the hand on a foul tip by Willy Adames in the eighth inning and stayed in Saturday’s game. Amin Touri,, 23 Apr. 2023 The 30-year-old catcher hadn't played since June 1, when he was struck by Trey Mancini's foul tip in Baltimore and needed surgery. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 But Boston Red Sox prospect Nick Yorke struck out on a foul tip to end the AL’s chance with runners in scoring position. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2023

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Word History


foul entry 1 + tip (tap)

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foul tip was in 1870

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“Foul tip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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