line drive


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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hardy kicked a low line drive through the uprights as time expired. Ben Thomas |, al, "The story behind Thompson’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ comeback win over Auburn," 3 Dec. 2020 In the third inning, a low line drive from Luis Arraez drilled him in the left shin. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' rookie Casey Mize knows why he's struggling. But he's still figuring out a fix," 31 Aug. 2020 Tom Snee punt is a line drive for 32 yards, penalties for holding on USC. oregonlive, "Rewinding Oregon Ducks’ 31-24 win over USC Trojans in Pac-12 Championship game," 18 Dec. 2020 In his last start, Lorenzen only allowed one line drive in five innings versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Best bets: Reds leaning on Michael Lorenzen for game three against White Sox," 20 Sep. 2020 Tyler Naquin then drilled a line drive just inside the foul line in the left-field corner, breaking the tie, and Cleveland added two runs from there. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Sloppy eighth inning costs Twins in 6-3 loss to Cleveland," 27 Aug. 2020 Boston led 4-3 with two outs in the ninth when Sanchez, who’s shown recent signs of breaking out of a seasonlong slump, tied it with a line drive home run off Matt Barnes that just made it over top of the Green Monster. Kyle Hightower,, "Yankees rally, beat Red Sox in 12 innings for 9th straight win," 19 Sep. 2020 Similarly, the line drive rate against Rogers jumped to 30.2% this season, up from 18.1% last year. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Has Twins closer Taylor Rogers been bad, unlucky or a little of both?," 15 Sep. 2020 The line drive hit a Lee-Scott defender and bounced right back to the kicker, one of three Warriors turnovers in the first quarter. Bill Lumpkin Iii, al, "Bessemer Academy rolls past Lee-Scott 34-14 in AISA 1st round playoffs," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of line drive

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of line drive was in 1903

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20 Jan 2021

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“Line drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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