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at bat

[ at-bat ]
/ ˈæt ˈbæt /
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adverb Baseball.
taking one's turn to bat in a game: And now Sanchez is at bat with two runners in scoring position.
noun Baseball.at-bat
a player’s turn to bat, officially recorded as such unless the batter walks, is hit by a pitch, makes a sacrifice hit, or is interfered with by the catcher: In her debut appearance with the Rockford Peaches, she posted two hits in three at-bats.
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Origin of at bat

First recorded in 1880–85
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at bat

Taking one's turn. For example, At this conference, with so many interruptions, it's hard to tell which speaker is at bat, or I was nervous while waiting to testify, but once at bat I felt better. This idiom, from baseball, was already being transferred to other enterprises by the 1880s. Also see on deck.

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