line drive

noun

Definition of line drive 

: a batted baseball hit in a nearly straight line usually not far above the ground

Examples of line drive in a Sentence

He hit a hard line drive to the shortstop.

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Strahm got the next batter before Green called on Kazuhisa Makita, who got John Ryan Murphy on a line drive to third base. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres hit, take opener against Diamondbacks," 5 July 2018 In the eighth inning, with a man aboard, Springer ran in on Adeiny Hechavarria's sinking line drive and laid out for another hit-saving catch. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' George Springer injures back, to be re-evaluated Sunday," 30 June 2018 The Royals had a chance to score in the fourth inning, when Rosell Herrera was credited a one-out double on a line drive that glanced off the heel of Denard Span’s outstretched glove. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Homers again do in Ian Kennedy and the Royals as they lose to Mariners," 29 June 2018 Matt Davidson, on a full count, led off the fifth inning by singling on a line drive to left. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "What Jordan Zimmermann's return from DL could mean to Detroit Tigers," 16 June 2018 Buehler was hit in the ribs by a line drive May 21. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Walker Buehler has no broken ribs, but Dodgers will be cautious," 10 June 2018 The Packers star was pitching when he was hit in the nose by a line drive on Saturday and will likely have surgery later this week . . BostonGlobe.com, "FIFA president says money just one factor in World Cup vote," 5 June 2018 In 2001, while playing for Class AAA Pawtucket, Lomasney was struck in the right eye by a line drive during batting practice. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "At 69, This Coach Lives on the Front Line of Baseball’s Revolution," 1 June 2018 The first run scored on Gavin Freeman's RBI sac bunt, but the big mistake came on Cory Cook's line drive to right that bounced past the right fielder and all the way to the wall allowing a pair to score. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "De La Salle 14, St. Michael 0 (Game 2, five innings): Stephen Klein, Coedy Fonseca drive in 4 each as Cavs advance," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of line drive

1903, in the meaning defined above

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line drive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of line drive

baseball : a ball that is hit by the batter and goes in a nearly straight line not far above the ground

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