pinch-hit


pinch-hit
{v.} 1. To substitute for another player at bat in a baseball game. * /Smith was sent in to pinch-hit for Jones./ 2. {informal} To act for a while, or in an emergency, for another person; take someone's place for a while. * /I asked him to pinch-hit for me while I was away./ * /The president of the City Council pinch-hits for the mayor when the mayor is out of town./ -[pinch-hitter] {n.} * /Jones was hit by a pitched ball and Smith came in as a pinch-hitter./ * /When our teacher was sick, Mrs. Harris was called as a pinch-hitter./ -[pinch-hitting] {adj.} or {n.} * /Pinch-hitting for another teacher is a hard job./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • pinch-hit — /pinch hit /, v.i., pinch hit, pinch hitting. 1. Baseball. to serve as a pinch hitter. 2. Informal. to substitute for someone, esp. in an emergency. v.t. 3. Baseball. to get, or make (a hit) in pinch hitting. [1930 35, Amer.; back formation from… …   Universalium

  • pinch-hit — pinch′ hit′ v. hit, hit•ting. v.i. 1) spo to substitute at bat for a teammate in baseball, often at a critical moment of a game 2) inf to substitute for someone, esp. in an emergency 3) spo to make (a hit) in pinch hitting • Etymology: 1930–35,… …   From formal English to slang

  • pinch-hit — v [I + for] AmE 1.) to do something for someone else because they are suddenly not able to do it 2.) to ↑hit for someone else in baseball >pinch hitter n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pinch-hit — pinch ,hit verb intransitive AMERICAN 1. ) INFORMAL to do something because someone else is unable to do it 2. ) in baseball, to BAT for another player, especially when you are more likely to make a hit ╾ pinch ,hitter noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pinch hit — pinch′ hit′ n. spo a hit made by a pinch hitter • Etymology: 1910–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • pinch hit — noun Etymology: pinch hit : a hit made while pinch hitting * * * Baseball. a hit made by a pinch hitter. [1910 15] * * * pinch hit «PIHNCH HIHT», verb, hit, hit|ting. –v.i …   Useful english dictionary

  • pinch-hit — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ verb Etymology: back formation from pinch hitter intransitive verb 1. : to go to bat in the place of another player especially in an emergency when a hit is particularly needed usually used with for sent up to pinch hit for the pitcher …   Useful english dictionary

  • pinch-hit — {v.} 1. To substitute for another player at bat in a baseball game. * /Smith was sent in to pinch hit for Jones./ 2. {informal} To act for a while, or in an emergency, for another person; take someone s place for a while. * /I asked him to pinch… …   Dictionary of American idioms