\ 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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Examples of pinch-hit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wilson was available to pinch hit in the ninth, but the Jaguars never got a runner on base. Creg Stephenson |, al, "SEMO freezes out South Alabama baseball in season-opener, 4-2," 19 Feb. 2021 With the Red Sox trailing, 4-3, in the ninth, against star closer Francisco Rodriguez, manager Terry Francona pinch hit for Pedroia leading off the ninth with Manny Ramirez (who left the previous game with hamstring tightness). Ryan Huddle,, "Dustin Pedroia stats: How the Red Sox legend measures up," 1 Feb. 2021 The next week, after Joniak defied his doctor’s order not to talk much for three weeks or so, the Bears went to Green Bay, and WBBM producer Ron Gleason was waiting to pinch hit. Dan Wiederer,, "Broadcasting road games from a kitchen. Cobwebs in the seats. For Jeff Joniak, voice of the Chicago Bears, Season 20 has been unlike any other.," 31 Dec. 2020 Drew Butera started but Wolters entered the game in the sixth after Daniel Murphy pinch hit for Butera. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Arenado's two doubles lift Rockies over Diamondbacks 5-4," 26 Aug. 2020 Wisdom pinch hit in the eighth, flied out and remained in the game at first. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, "Darvish, five homers lead Cubs past fading White Sox 10-0," 25 Sep. 2020 Looking for some offense, Boone pinch hit Mike Ford for Kyle Higashioka to lead off the eighth, which brought Gary Sanchez into the game, playing for first time since Game 2. Kristie Ackert,, "Rays get ultimate revenge over Yankees as Mike Brosseau hits series-winning homer off Aroldis Chapman," 9 Oct. 2020 Pinder pinch hit for Lamb in the third inning and reached base on an infield single. Ron Kroichick,, "A’s Chad Pinder helps fill the gap at third base in Matt Chapman’s absence," 1 Oct. 2020 Manager Rocco Baldelli said Cruz is available to pinch hit as the Twins exercise caution with their 40-year-old DH. Star Tribune, "Kenta Maeda starts, Nelson Cruz still out of the lineup as Twins scramble for playoff seeding," 23 Sep. 2020

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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 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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