Definition of innings in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪnɪŋz/

noun (plural same or informal inningses)

1 Cricket Each of two or four divisions of a game during which one side has a turn at batting: the highlight of the Surrey innings
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  • The tourists improved to make 352 in their second innings, with four batsmen reaching half-centuries.
  • The colourful Yorkshireman umpired the first innings of a game between an Old England XI and Lashings World XI at Scarborough Cricket Club.
  • In a feast of runs, the home side powered their way to 248, with Yasir Ali cracking 111 in an innings which included 21 fours.
1.1A player’s turn at batting: he had played his greatest innings
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  • Bevan hit only seven fours in his innings, and to make a big score at more than a run a ball with so few boundaries is very rare.
  • Loye fell to Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey, who claimed four wickets in an innings for the first time for Yorkshire.
  • Each of them captured four wickets in an innings against Natal and they could hold the key to another Border victory.
1.2The score achieved during a player’s turn at batting: a solid innings of 78 by Marsh
2A period during which a person or group is active or effective: Brewer stepped up to the commission and had his innings too
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  • His innings on the silver screen has yet to begin.
  • I think I had a good innings in terms of what we managed to do.
  • Despite his long innings on the screen, he never got any National award, not even as a supporting actor.


have had a good innings

British informal Have had a long and fulfilling life or career.
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  • I have had a good innings in football; it is all of 22 years since my career began, and I have tasted far greater success than the vast majority of players.
  • If I died tomorrow, I'll have had a good innings in the last few years.
  • I have had a good innings and there are many more people who have had worse than me.
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