long ball


Definition of long ball 

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a pitcher who has given up a lot of long balls

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Dzyuba’s goal was more direct, the striker chesting down a long ball from defender Ilya Kutepov, beating his marker and curling home a low finish. Steve Douglas, BostonGlobe.com, "Russia on brink of advancing at World Cup after second win," 19 June 2018 Dzyuba's goal was more direct, the striker chesting down a long ball from defender Ilya Kutepov, beating his marker and curling home a low finish. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Russia on brink of last 16 at World Cup after beating Egypt 3-1," 19 June 2018 After being not sure of himself when shooting the long ball previously, Sumner shot with more confidence and knocked down 2-of-3 3s. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Aaron Holiday battles Collin Sexton as Pacers come up short in summer league vs. Cavs," 9 July 2018 Controlling Things Japan is controlling more of the ball the last few minutes, though its attacks are less ambitious than Belgium’s: kick a long ball and hope for a Belgium error. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "World Cup 2018: Belgium Shocks Japan With Stunning Rally," 4 July 2018 Tyler Gambill has also hit two long balls and owns a team-best .500 batting average. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Takeaways: Baseball, softball races heat up with cooperating weather," 14 Apr. 2018 Their middle relief is erratic at times, and there have been questions about whether the team is too reliant on the long ball. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Yankees Display Their Flaws, but Still Beat the Braves," 3 July 2018 The enthusiasm over the chase meant that even loose suspicions about all the long balls were met quickly with qualifiers. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 Read more: Shane Greene has been prone to the long ball this season. Vito Chirco, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers: Five numbers you need to know this week," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of long ball

1938, in the meaning defined above

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to reject or criticize sharply

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