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double play

noun, Baseball.
a play in which two putouts are made.
Origin of double play
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To make him hit into a double play, Jim made the next an outcurve.

  • It was as pretty a double play as had ever been made on the New York grounds!

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King

    Lester Chadwick
  • You can see that you threw away a chance for a run by hitting into that double play.

  • She made a sensible comment on the double play which had saved the game in the eighth.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • If the batter tried to get a hit, it looked like a great opportunity for a double play by Harvard.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • An attempt to sacrifice him home failed, and a double play was made, retiring the side.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • In silence Dugan left the field, and the Reds, who were jubilant over the double play, came in from the diamond.

  • With runners on bases, a double play may sometimes be made by allowing such a hit to first strike the ground.

    Base-Ball John M. Ward
  • Taking the ball, with one foot on the plate, the catcher hummed it past Cooper's ear to first, completing a double play.

  • Jackwell was next at bat, and the chances were good for a double play by Brooklyn.

British Dictionary definitions for double play

double play

(baseball) a play in which two runners are put out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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