\ 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: Verb

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Examples of pinch-hit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The right fielder pinch hit in the ninth inning Tuesday but did not play Wednesday. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 Zach Freeman walked it off with a pinch hit two-run homer against reliever Conner Thurman to hand the Toreros a 3-2 loss. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2022 The bench guys joined in in the latter stages, with Wade leading off the seventh with a pinch hit single (then stealing second) and Steven Duggar adding a two-run double with two outs. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 Vallery Wong hit a pinch hit two-run home run to get Oregon on the board and Rachel Cid added a solo home run as the Ducks (24-9, 4-6) avoided being run-ruled. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 8 Apr. 2022 Kapler had Austin Slater pinch hit for Wade, and Slater drove in the Giants’ first run with a base hit. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 The Sox loaded the bases again in the bottom of the ninth on a pinch hit single by Travis Shaw, and walks to Devers and J.D. Martinez with two out., 4 Sep. 2021 Gustavo Nunez got hurt on a swing in the seventh and was pinch hit for by Perez. Ronald Blum, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2021 Taylor drew a two-out walk off closer Will Smith, and Roberts called on 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger to pinch hit. George Henry, ajc, 17 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Pinch-hit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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