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fly ball

noun, Baseball.
a ball that is batted up into the air.
Also called fly.
Compare ground ball.
Origin of fly ball
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He slipped when the first fly ball came his way, and the resulting inside-the-park home run marked the end of his brief career.

Historical Examples
  • A fly ball should never be caught holding the hands and arms rigid.

    Base-Ball John M. Ward
  • Very often a fly ball will fall in such a position that the out-fielders will be in doubt who is to take it.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller
  • Ryan was a good hitter, not an overly fast base runner, and a good judge of a fly ball.

    A Ball Player's Career

    Adrian C. Anson

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