pinch hitter


: one that pinch-hits

Examples of pinch hitter in a Sentence

the business owners brought in a pinch hitter until a permanent manager could be hired
Recent Examples on the Web All nine starters plus Max Kepler, who entered late as a pinch hitter, drove in at least one run in the win. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, 12 June 2024 Over Kansas City’s last five games, he’s played both right and left field, second base and entered as a pinch hitter. Kevin Flaherty, Kansas City Star, 9 June 2024 The win wasn’t to be, however, as Scott Alexander, pitching the eighth, gave up a sacrifice fly to pinch hitter Davis Schneider to tie the score 3-3. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 9 June 2024 Held scoreless through six innings, the A’s scored their runs in the seventh through 11th and literally walked it off when pinch hitter Tyler Soderstrom took four straight pitches out of the strike zone from reliever Peter Lambert with the bases loaded and two out. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pinch hitter 

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pinch hitter was in 1896

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“Pinch hitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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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