long ball

noun

Example Sentences

a pitcher who has given up a lot of long balls
Recent Examples on the Web The Cavaliers’ 3-point shooting defense was once again in disarray as Julius Randle and the New York Knicks used the long ball to grind out a 105-103 victory at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 25 Jan. 2023 Wisconsin used the long ball to get back in the game, hitting 4 of 5 shots including three 3-pointers, then took its first lead at 22-21 on a conventional three-point play by Hepburn with 7:23 to go. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 11 Jan. 2023 Robinson Chirinos hit his first homer since Aug. 3, but the long ball was all the Orioles could muster. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 28 Sep. 2022 The long ball marked the Royals' second hit of the game and the first since Bobby Witt Jr.'s single in the first inning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2022 His early incompletion over the middle for Chase Cota could have been a long ball to a wide open Troy Franklin. oregonlive, 31 Dec. 2022 Alvarez delivered another key long ball in Game 2 of the series. Josh Criswell, Chron, 5 Nov. 2022 The long ball has not been banned from Cleveland’s playbook even though the Guards hit the second fewest in the big leagues during the season. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 29 Oct. 2022 QB John Colvin keeps defenses honest with accurate passing, particularly the long ball, to WRs Jackson Beatty and Clark Sanderson. Dennis Victory, al, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of long ball was in 1938

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“Long ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20ball. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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