pinch hitter


: one that pinch-hits

Example Sentences

the business owners brought in a pinch hitter until a permanent manager could be hired
Recent Examples on the Web Mantiply gave up a soft infield hit to pinch hitter Darin Ruf. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 11 July 2022 Utility man Mark Mathias, acquired in the deal that sent reliever Matt Bush to Milwaukee, made his team debut as a pinch hitter in the ninth and delivered with a RBI double. Dallas News, 17 Aug. 2022 Gurriel exited in the top of the eighth due to a knee injury, and Mancini was placed in the game as a pinch hitter. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 6 Nov. 2022 Following a single and a walk, Cora called on a pinch hitter, McGuire, who delivered a three-run shot that sneaked over the right-center-field wall. Julian Mcwilliams,, 22 Sep. 2022 Smith came up as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning and singled, his first hit in the majors since June 26. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2022 He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning with that cramp. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Pujols was pinch hit for in the top of the ninth, drawing a chorus of boos that weren't necessarily intended for local guy Nolan Gorman, the pinch hitter. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 20 Aug. 2022 Kapler always describes pinch-hitting as being about the pinch hitter, not about the player being lifted. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pinch hitter was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Pinch hitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

pinch hitter

: a baseball player sent in to bat for another especially when a hit is needed
: a person called upon to do another's work in an emergency

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