\ ˈpinch-ˈhit How to pronounce pinch-hit (audio) , ˌpinch-\
pinch-hit; pinch-hitting; pinch-hits

Definition of pinch-hit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to act or serve in place of another
2 : to bat in the place of another player especially when a hit is particularly needed

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Definition of pinch hit (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hit made by a pinch hitter

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Synonyms for pinch-hit

Synonyms: Verb

cover, fill in, stand in, step in, sub, substitute, take over

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Examples of pinch-hit in a Sentence

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This week, Alejandro de la Garza and Elijah Wolfson pinch hit for Jeff. Elijah Wolfson, Time, "Lightsail 2's Successful Deployment Makes it the First Steerable Spacecraft Powered by the Sun," 26 July 2019 The bottom four of the lineup includes a mix of Danny Oriente, Justin Lavey, Drew Campbell, Henry Davis, Zeke Pinkham and Zach Britton, depending on who starts and who is pinch hitting. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know about the Louisville baseball team before the College World Series," 11 June 2019 April Utecht pinch hits for Alexis Mack as Oregon is down to its final out. Joel Odom,, "NCAA softball live updates: Oregon Ducks eliminated by Florida State at Women's College World Series," 2 June 2018 Seager was out of the starting lineup the next day, but still pinch hit late in the game. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners 3B Kyle Seager had his worst statistical season in 2018. Here’s what went wrong.," 1 Oct. 2018 Hunter Feduccia started the ninth inning with a walk and Nick Webre pinch hit and advanced Feduccia to third but was thrown out trying to advance to second. Andrew Lopez,, "LSU baseball blows six-run lead, gets swept by South Carolina," 22 Apr. 2018 That leaves Vogelbach available for pinch hits and perhaps a random start. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Daniel Vogelbach patiently waiting for an extended chance with the Mariners," 18 Sep. 2018 Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer delivers a pinch hit single against the Atlanta Braves. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Major League Baseball Is Moving Closer to a Universal Designated Hitter," 18 July 2018 Rookie Nate Orf, pinch hitting for Guerra, drew a leadoff walk from Twins starter Jake Odorizzi to put a runner on base for the top of the order. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eric Thames, strong pitching effort shut out Twins, 2-0," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of pinch-hit


1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinch-hit


back-formation from pinch hitter

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The first known use of pinch-hit was in 1911

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English Language Learners Definition of pinch-hit

baseball : to bat in the place of another player
informal : to act or serve in place of another person

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