pinch hit (to)

 Substitute for (baseball).
 ► “Many internal support organizations are now moving toward establishing one number for users to call when reporting difficulties. Some organizations have users pinch hit for the help desk.” (Infoworld, Aug. 8, 1994, p. 53)

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  • pinch-hit — pinch hits, pinch hitting, pinch hit also pinch hit 1) VERB If you pinch hit for someone, you do something for them because they are unexpectedly unable to do it. [AM] [V for n] The staff here can pinch hit for each other when the hotel is busy.… …   English dictionary

  • pinch-hit — ☆ pinch hit [pinch′hit΄ ] vi. pinch hit, pinch hitting 1. Baseball to bat in place of the batter whose turn it is, esp. when a hit is particularly needed 2. to act as a substitute in an emergency (for) pinch hitter n …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

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