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scratch hit

noun, Baseball.
a batted ball, usually poorly hit, barely enabling the batter to reach base safely:
a scratch hit off the end of the bat.
Origin of scratch hit
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for scratch hit
Historical Examples
  • Houghton, the Point catcher, got a scratch hit, and reached the first bag but died there when Mason struck out.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He made a valiant effort to profit by Post's scratch hit to shortstop but was easily thrown out at second.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • A scratch hit to third followed by slow fielding took him safely to first.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Not even a scratch hit had marred Joes wonderful performance, nor had he given a single base on balls.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King

    Lester Chadwick
  • Neither side was able to tally, although a scratch hit put a Giant on first and a passed ball advanced him to second.

Slang definitions & phrases for scratch hit

scratch hit

noun phrase

A lucky base hit that is nearly an out (1876+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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