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wild pitch

noun, Baseball.
a pitched ball that the catcher misses and could not be expected to catch, resulting in a base runner's or runners' advancing one or more bases or the batter's reaching first base safely.
Compare passed ball.
Origin of wild pitch
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He went over it with a wild pitch, and descended the steps on his nose!

    My Doggie and I R.M. Ballantyne
  • A wild pitch, the only one of the game, advanced Mylert a base.

  • A wild pitch hit Emslie over the heart and he wilted down, unconscious.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • A wild pitch is a ball thrown by the pitcher out of the fair reach of the catcher, and on which a base-runner gains a base.

    Base-Ball John M. Ward
  • Iredell had reached first on a single, and on a wild pitch had advanced to second.

  • It seemed to rouse him from his dreamy state, and awakened him to a wild pitch of excitement.

    Nic Revel George Manville Fenn
  • Lindsay pressed a finger against his nose, which had been broken in youth by a wild pitch.

    The Ambassador Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • One cannot attain any wild pitch of hilarity among bolts and bars and Winchester rifles.

    Disturbed Ireland Bernard H. Becker
  • The next man to the bat got a hit and on a wild pitch managed to reach third.

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wild pitch

A careless statement or action, as in Calling comic books great literature—that's a wild pitch. This term comes from baseball, where it signifies a pitched ball so far off target that the catcher misses it, enabling a base runner to advance. [ Mid-1900s ]
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