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pinch-hit Syllabification: pinch-hit
Pronunciation: /ˈpinCH ˈˌhit/

Definition of pinch-hit in English:


[no object] Baseball
1Bat in place of another player, typically at a critical point in the game: he pinch-hit for O’Brien and grounded out
More example sentences
  • Bob Bartum then pinch-hit for center fielder Don Landrum and hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the winning run.
  • Jackson, who had been sitting out with a hamstring pull, actually did make an appearance in the game when he pinch-hit for Dick Green.
  • The Red Sox were losing 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning when I pinch-hit for Roger Moret.
1.1North American informal Act as a substitute for someone, especially in an emergency: last year I briefly pinch-hit for a movie critic on leave
More example sentences
  • And she pinch-hits for Kelly, and she does a fine job.
  • Well, speaking of a pause, time for us to take another pause, Dan Rather with Jay Leno, pinch-hitting tonight for Larry King.


pinch hitter
Example sentences
  • The current overload left manager Alvin Dark short of capable pinch-hitters and defensive replacements.
  • In his first at-bat, the pinch-hitter is replacing someone in the lineup, but in his second at-bat, he is part of the order and not hitting for someone else.
  • He singled as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth last night and was removed for a pinch-runner to a standing ovation.
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