long ball


Definition of long ball

Examples of long ball in a Sentence

a pitcher who has given up a lot of long balls

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Against the Swiss, the Qataris defended well and played their way out of danger rather than kicking long balls out from the back. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go," 20 Nov. 2018 Still Fighting Joel Campbell picks up a long ball for Costa Rica. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Switzerland Does Enough to Advance in World Cup," 28 June 2018 Three minutes later, the Mexican defense could not stop a long ball for Eriksen, who finished with poise past Ochoa for the 2-0. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Denmark upend Mexico before heading to World Cup," 9 June 2018 Against the Braves on Saturday, Garcia surrendered five runs in six innings as Atlanta launched three long balls. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jarlin Garcia, Drew Steckenrider can't silence Braves as Marlins lose," 13 May 2018 Josh Smith hit five long balls last year and is the second leading returning home run hitter. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "7 takeaways from LSU baseball media day," 27 Jan. 2018 Five minutes into the second half, Gustavo Bou settled a long ball and threaded a pass to Lucero, who calmly turned and fired a low strike into the left corner – pandemonium. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tijuana Xolos beat Toluca in opening leg of Liga MX semis," 10 May 2018 Pique added his height as an auxiliary center forward, but a string of long balls seemed to play into Roma hands and Eusebio Di Francesco’s side held on with surprising ease. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Roma, Not Man City, Completes Stunning UCL Comeback, Sends Barcelona Reeling," 10 Apr. 2018 One long ball caused Colombia problems as Lewandowski raced through on goal, and forced a very good stop out of Ospina, reminding Colombia that Poland can cause a threat. SI.com, "Poland 0-3 Colombia: Mina, Falcao and Cuadrado Fire Colombia Back Into Contention in Group H," 24 June 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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